Mike Robertson captured this aerial shot of the Cheslatta gravesite. This current flood has not exposed any human remains yet.

Province addresses Cheslatta’s flooding

The province will support short-term watershed restoration projects.

In the story ‘Cheslatta Carrier Nation wants solution for flooding’ published in the Lakes District News’ June 24, edition, Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief Corrina Leween expressed how devastating the yearly flooding of the Cheslatta Lake and River system has been.

The flooding has been an ongoing issue since 1952, and it has caused over 60 graves to be washed away. The remains are somewhere in the waters of Cheslatta Lake.

“Each year the members of our nation re-live that devastation of knowing their ancestors are somewhere out in the lake,” said Leween. “My grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles are amongst the graves that have been washed away.”

Cheslatta Carrier Nation has now reached a new agreement with the province to help address flooding impacts.

Through a memorandum of understanding (MOU), $400,000 is being provided to support the Cheslatta for short-term watershed restoration projects in their traditional territory.

Chief Leween expressed relief over the agreement.

“For decades we have proposed solutions to this and other outstanding issues and no one was willing to listen,” she said. “Finally, we have a government committed to formally work with us to design and implement creative options that will lead to an acceptable reconciliation and give us certainty moving forward. We can no longer tolerate the status quo.”

The MOU establishes guiding principles to support joint work toward reconciliation between the Cheslatta and the province, including economic and environmental interests related to the development of natural resources. Central to the agreement is consideration of options for the management of the Nechako reservoir and Cheslatta watershed to address flooding impacts to Cheslatta lands and cultural sites.

“We cannot change history, but we can work toward building a more positive future and find new opportunities that will provide significant social and economic benefits for the Cheslatta,” said John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. “That is our goal and this MOU is an important step toward that goal.”

The annual flooding of the Cheslatta system is due to Nechako reservoir’s elevation management flows. Since the construction of the Kenney Dam in 1952, and the creation of the Nechako Reservoir, the Cheslatta Lake and River system has been utilized as a spillway channel, linking the reservoir with the Nechako River.

 

Just Posted

Province announces $100-million grant funding for Northwest communities

The Northern Capital and Planning Grant will go to four regional districts and 22 municipalities

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project searches for partners

TransCanada is renewing permits for its natural gas pipeline project to North Coast.

Coastal GasLink stops work to investigate archaeological find

OGC archaeologists are en route to the Houston-area site where Unist’ot’en report finding stone tools

All Native Basketball Tournament Day 5: Recap

Highlights and results from day 5 at the All Native Tournament

All Native Basketball Tournament Day 6: Preview

Look ahead to all the action scheduled for Feb. 16 at the All Native Tournament

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

The can’t decide the pipeline’s fate until a new round of consultations with Indigenous communities

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Murdered and missing honoured at Stolen Sisters Memorial March in B.C.

‘We come together to make change within the systems in our society’

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

B.C. communities push back against climate change damages campaign

Activists copying California case that was tossed out of court

Most Read