The BC Government’s public engagement tour on Columbia River Treaty negotiations comes to our region tonight.
This will give residents a chance to hear an update on the renegotiation process of the historic document between Canada and the US.
Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski says he’d still like to see First Nations present at the negotiations between the two countries.
“Back when the original treaty was negotiated decades ago First Nations were not consulted at all. Given the new relationship and reconciliation, it just seemed absolutely appropriate to me that we include First Nations at the table in the renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty.”
Stetski says he’s pleased that First Nations will be included in public consultation rounds, but adds “there’s really nothing like actually having a seat at the table to be able to make sure that your voice is heard. So my preference would still be that they actually get a seat at the table so their voice can be heard during the negotiations first hand.”
There’s a meeting in Jaffray at Jaffray Hall and one tomorrow at the Creston and District Community Complex.
Both events go from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
– Wayne Stetski, Kootenay Columbia MP