A proposed BC Hydro dam on British Columbia’s Peace River threatens to flood 40 miles of river valley where Treaty 8 First Nations tribes have made their home for centuries. The area includes hunting, fishing and trapping grounds as well as farmland and old growth forest.
Treaty 8 First Nations Oppose 3rd Peace River Dam at Indian Country Today
AND, FURTHERMORE, IN RECOGNITION OF THE IMPACT THAT THE PROPOSED SITE C DAM WILL HAVE ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT, OUR WAY OF LIFE AND OUR ABILITY TO EXERCISE OUR TREATY RIGHTS, WE, THE UNDERSIGNED CHIEFS AND SUPPORTERS, ON BEHALF OF OUR RESPECTIVE FIRST NATIONS, DECLARE THAT:
We are opposed to the proposed Site C Dam;
We vow to use all lawful means to stop the Site C Dam from proceeding; and
We assert that the proposed Site C Dam is not “green or clean.”
The fight in the political realm has already begun, but we First Nations, American Indians and Alaska Natives know how that usually turns out. To you Treaty 8 Natives out there feeling powerless to stop this dam from moving forward: How much do you love your land? Your people? Are you ready to put an end to further theft of our lands and colonization of our Native way of life? How well do you know the Peace River Valley? Have you hunted, fished and trapped that land? Do you know its back roads, short cuts and trails better than BC Hydro? Did you know that the bones of empires are buried in the indigenous back country of tribal people the world over? In Afghanistan? Vietnam? Did you know the Comanche nearly pushed the US Empire off the Great Plains? Did you know that we can fight and win on the field against these sort of projects?
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And I thought to myself, if my dad was alive he would fight. There would be bloodshed on that ground before they take it from us. It’s our land. – Nètyíwdashít’, Taku Tlingit Elder, 1914-2006