B.C. Hydro says they have reached a deal with the Saulteau First Nations on the impacts of the Site C Dam.
In a release Monday morning, Hydro says the deal was approved by a community vote that included a lump sum payment, an annual payment stream, contracting opportunities, Crown land transfers and protection of the Peace Boudreau and land area of importance to Saulteau First Nations. Specifics of the deal have not been released.
This is the first agreement between B.C. Hydro and a local First Nation.
Saulteau is a member of Treaty 8. Other members of Treaty 8 have taken the B.C. Hydro to court. A decision on Provincial Court case is expected this summer. Members of Treaty 8 have also taken the Federal Government to court, that case is expected to start next week.
Hydro is still moving forward with construction of the dam, which is expected to start this month.