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“They changed the future of our province forever in those pivotal days in 1858,” Premier Clark illustrated. “They probably never for a moment grasped the impact of what they were doing.”

Premier Clark’s story, made during the conclusion of the UBCM convention, is about a pre-Confederation American militia group who came to the Frasier Valley in search of gold, were confronted by First Nations, months of fighting broke up, but then, the two leaders found a peaceful resolution in an attempt to halt the bodies from both sides surfacing in the valley.

She explained how the story is similar to the one of the provincial government and the BCTF finding an end to the months-long strike.

Premier Clark said the BCTF could have stayed on strike and the governments could have legislated teachers back to work, but leadership on both sides chose labour peace and found a deal.

Within her speech about shaping B.C.’s future, Premier Clark eluded to LNG development and the critical point in history we’re currently developing.

“I’d like to talk to you about how resource development needs to be done properly. It needs to be done right; but it needs to be done if we want to succeed as a province,” Premier Clark said.

Premier Clark says part of properly developing resources include engaging with First Nations, ensuring it has as little impact on the environment as possible and the need for it to be beneficial to all British Columbians, both rural and urban.

With files from The Canadian Press

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