Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – First Nations from throughout British Columbia gathered last week in Coast Salish territory to discuss a variety of matters related to closer collaboration. One of the time sensitive topics of discussion was the proposed BC Clean Energy Act that has passed first reading in the BC Legislature. This proposed act was constructed without First Nations involvement and there was no consultation prior to the introduction of the bill.

The attached Joint Statement on the proposed Clean Energy Act calls for the bill to be delayed until consultation and accommodation of First Nations title and rights occurs. 47 First Nations have already signed this joint statement and many more are anticipated to show support in the coming days.