FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The two Peace River Region Liberal MLA’S, Pat Pimm and Mike Bernier, pushing the need for transparency in the process, are organizing a group of local stakeholders and finalizing committee membership to bring representation from this region to review provincial Crown land parcels, which have been identified as possible future land transfers to First Nations.
In a written statement Mr. Pimm says, it is hoped to provide a forum for all stakeholders and community representatives to discuss and address local interests and concerns regarding the transfers in a timely and co-operative manner.
Confirmation of the initiative comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that BC Hydro and the McLeod Lake Indian Band have concluded agreements that will see the transfer of Crown Lands to McLeod Lake, as part of the benefits related to Site-C construction and operation.
We raised that with that Mr. Pimm and he emphasized he’s personally preparing to send out invitations to local area First Nations to be part of the committee discussions, with the idea of getting all the stakeholders on the same page.
The MLA Advisory Committee, headed by Peace River North MLA, Pat Pimm, who along with his Peace River South colleague, Mike Bernier, is hoping to bring together all the stakeholders involved in the transfer of provincial Crown Lands to First Nations.
In this region that could include the transfer of thousands of hectares of land as Site-C dam compensation and there has already been concern put forward about the secrecy surrounding that process.
That’s Mr. Pimm who also emphasized this committee is not being formed to challenge any process, but rather to engage all Peace Region stakeholders in an informational exchange leading to recommendations to the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation regarding the proposed crown land parcels targeted for transfer, and not just those associated with Site-C construction.
With regard to the local area First Nations, Mr. Pimm says: