Northern B.C. leaders looking for a change

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A new in-depth report by the Wilderness Committee regarding Northern communities shows an ea…

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A new in-depth report by the Wilderness Committee regarding Northern communities shows an eagerness for a change, but support is needed.

The report, Vision and Voices: What the region needs to thrive in a changing world, was written by Megan Gordon from UNBC. Gordon spent six months asking northern leaders what they needed to implement provincial goals around reconciliation and climate action successfully.

The report participants want to see changes concerning the distribution of wealth from the region and how decisions made affect their communities. The report discusses options for public servants and policymakers to change existing power dynamics.

“Northerners have diverse and unique needs and local leaders are the ones who know what’s best for their communities,” said Climate Campaigner Peter McCartney. “We heard it loud and clear. They want the province to provide funding and then get out of the way.”

The province has made some big commitments on Indigenous rights and climate change; however, its experienced setbacks mainly due to conflicting priorities for the north.

“British Columbia has committed to substantial changes when it comes to upholding Indigenous rights and addressing climate change. However, both priorities have already faced significant setbacks, due in large part to conflicting priorities for the north. For the province to achieve these goals, it will require investment in the region in every sense of the word,” says the report.

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