It appears lakefront properties and existing provincial park lands are part of requested Peace region lands by Saulteau First Nations.
Dale Morgan is on hand today at the PRRD to talk about land transfers and stakeholder engagement as it relates to giving lands to Saulteau and Blueberry River First Nations.
“This is about reconciliation,” he said in his opening remarks. Morgan spoke to both treaty land entitlements and Site C land agreements.
“This is part of a specific claim to settle 100-year-old historic wrongs, as well as to accommodate for adverse impacts of Site C project.”
Morgan noted while there roughly half a dozen steps to be taken before transfer of lands, currently the process is in the early goings.
“We are still amidst status and research selections and stakeholder engagement.”
Many around the PRRD table wanted to know the process of the land transfers, the purpose of the land, and future First Nations plans with requested lands.
“How are these decisions going to be made together to help alleviate some of our issues,” asked Chetwynd mayor Allen Courtoreille.
“We need to know where trails are and what not to see what we can and can’t do,” noted Morgan about Moose Lake.
“We know we are going to get comments and that we are going to have changes.”
Tumbler Ridge mayor Keith Bertrand noted many of the selections are contentious.
“The Murray River area is also prime development area. The access to the river has been completely surrounded. There are no intentions in these selections. It stirs speculation and fear in wondering if we will be able to launch a boat as we have for 40 years,” he said.
“Surrounding water bodies is very concerning for people. Intentions with some of these plans and sites would go a long way.”
Morgan noted that there would be more dialogue. “That would be great to have that discussion. We knew some of these selections would cause conversations," he said.