First Nations Summit on Site C starts Thursday

A two day summit of First Nations Communities against Site C starts today.

The leadership summit will take place here in Fort St. John, allowing those from affected communities to gather and draft a joint message to the Premier about their opposition towards the Site C Dam.

Following the summit, First Nations, the Peace Valley Environmental Association and the Wilderness Committee will hold a joint event in Victoria on Sunday to protest the proposed project.

The Paddle to the Premier is going to bring the dam issue to the attention of B.C. MLAs, says Sandra Hoffman, co-ordinator of the Peace Valley Environmental Association.

The Wilderness Committee’s Tria Donaldson says the event aims to share local opinions and concerns with people from elsewhere in the province.

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The event will include several notable speakers such as David Suzuki, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, and Susan Howett from the BC branch of the Sierra Club of Canada.

A group will leave tomorrow from Fort St. John to join the protest in Victoria.

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