FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will be visiting Treaty 8 territory that is being threatened by the Site C dam tomorrow.
Bellegarde will be attending on behalf of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). He will stand with Treaty 8 First Nations in opposition of the dam which is threatening First Nation territory. Treaty 8 First Nations are currently fighting the Site C project legally.
“I am looking forward to witnessing firsthand the beauty and significance of this threatened territory. We know the proposed Site C Dam will devastate First Nations traditional territories, including sacred spaces and burial grounds. Flooding these lands tramples on their ability to exercise their inherent and Treaty rights. Allowing this project to proceed is contrary to Canadian and international law, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. First Nations need an approach to planning and development that respects our rights, especially the right to free, prior and informed consent. I stand with Treaty 8 First Nations in upholding their rights and in their struggle to stop this development.”
He will meet with leaders from West Moberly First Nation and Prophet River First Nation. They will be taking him on a tour of the lands that would be affected by the controversial project.
The tour is scheduled to begin at 9:15 am Pacific Time. They will travel on the Peace River and then have a guided tour of the territories. The tour is expected to wrap up at around 2:00 pm Pacific Time.