Energy Minister criticized for not meeting with First Nations in Fort St. John

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Erica Fisher

Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

“The Minister is sending B.C.’s First Nations the wrong message by visiting territories and not taking the time to build relationships, listen to concerns and discuss alternatives,” she argues. “This approach is evidence that the current government is merely paying lip service to Treaty 8 while letting resource development run rampant and out of control in BC’s north. This approach should raise concern for more than First Nations, it should raise alarm for all British Columbians about a government that is lacking accountability and refusing public process when it comes to energy and resources.” 

While at the conference, Bennett spoke about the Site C dam, a project Logan says she has twice reached out to him to discuss concerns and suggest alternatives that would have “far less impact”. 

“In addition to cost, this project will create massive environmental concerns and great impacts to the Treaty 8 First Nations who depend on the Peace RiverValley for their way of life,” she says. “Disappointingly, the Minister was either unwilling or unable to walk two blocks from the conference site to the Treaty 8 offices.” 

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In response, a Ministry spokesperson says, “We have received the meeting request and are working to find a suitable time to meet with the Chief.” 

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