Local crown land transfer recommendations filed

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There’s confirmation the local area MLA First Nations Stakeholder Advisory Committee, chaired by now Independent Peace River North MLA, Pat Pimm, has filed recommendations with the Provincial Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.

At issue are Crown land parcels, which have been identified as possible future land transfers to First Nations.

Pushing the need for transparency, the committee was formed this summer to provide a forum for local area stakeholders to address their transfer concerns, which Mr. Pimm earlier identified as including back country access and cattle industry grazing opportunities.

Early this year there were also reports BC Hydro had been quietly offering to transfer thousands of hectares of Crown land to First Nations in compensation for the Site-C dam, and that noted Mr. Pimm says Hydro has accepted an invitation to participate, and has already been involved, in the committee discussions.

He’s also personally sent a written participation invitation, not yet the subject of a reply, to Treaty Eight, but since the province wide process is expected to be a lengthy one, extending well beyond next spring’s election, a retiring Mr. Pimm will relinquish the leadership of the committee to the new constituency MLA.

Whether he will then remain a committee member is something he’s not ready to discuss at this time, choosing to focus instead on the task at hand.