FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro says protestors at the Rocky Mountain Fort need to go near the Site C dam.
On December 31, Hydro posted an eviction notice at the Rocky Mountain Fort Camp stating protestors must leave within 24 hours or Hydro personnel will remove the camp.
As of this date, the camp and protestors still remain with protestors vowing to stay on site because the land is on Treaty 8 property. Several protestors spent New Years at the camp and read the following excerpt from the Fort journal from January 1, 1800:
“The men around daylight fired a few shots at my window and came into my room and I gave them each a couple of drams and 1⁄2 fathom tobacco. Each spent in all about 5 pints rum and 5 fathoms tobacco. Connoye and Cantaras fought together and the latter gave the first a pair of black eyes and the best drubbing that ever he got in his life….”
The Rocky Mountain Fort is located on the south bank of the Peace River, upstream from the mouth of the Moberly River.
The site was established in 1794 by the North West Company as a fur trading post and is the site of the earliest settler post in mainland B.C.
The camp and the entire historical site is set to be destroyed with construction of the Site C dam. According to posts on social media the area where the camp is located is scheduled to be logged by Hydro this week.
The follow are several photos posted on the protest groups Facebook page.