Remind elected officials to honour Treaty 8

Now more than ever, the BC government needs to be reminded of their obligations under Treaty 8.

Here are some letter writing pointers. You can copy and paste the points and revise them as you see fit. Contact information for BC government officials and Canadian officials can be found on the right side.

Dear Attorney General David Eby,

I am writing to:

– assert that the BC government’s decision to proceed with the Site C dam violates treaty rights and human rights. The Peace River Valley is sacred to the Indigenous peoples of Treaty 8. Named after a historic peace treaty between the Cree and the Dunne-za people, the Peace River was devastated in order to provide BC with electricity through previous dams on it. We cannot afford any more sacrifice zones.

– urge BC to act honourably and support  the injunction that the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations are seeking. This would demonstrate a serious commitment to honouring the Crown, and building a just and respectful relationship with Indigenous peoples.

– remind you of the province’s commitment to adopt and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP).

– state that BC Hydro must drop its SLAPPsuit against the Peace River’s guardians. I urge your government to pass anti-SLAPPsuit legislation as soon as possible.

– say that a future worth having is built on honouring our word and living within the earth’s means, which UNDRIP helps guide us to do. Please do the right thing and protect the Peace for current and future generations.

Send your letters to:

DAVID EBY
Attorney General
Government of British Columbia

By E-mail
AG.Minister@gov.bc.ca

JOHN HORGAN
Premier
Government of British Columbia

By E-mail
Premier@gov.bc.ca

Copy your letter to:

JUSTIN TRUDEAU
Prime Minister
Government of Canada

By E-mail
Justin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca

JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD
Minister of Justice
Government of Canada

By E-mail
Jody.Wilson-Raybould@parl.gc.ca

More points you may want to consider:

  • The people of BC already owe a huge debt to the Peace, and now is the time to pay some of this debt back by walking the talk of reconciliation. Our government must stop the violence of destroying people’s sacred sites without their consent. Although BC Hydro has apologized for the devastation that traumatized the Indigenous people made homeless by the W.A.C. Bennett dam, the apology is meaningless if BC continues to destroy Treaty 8 territories.
  • David Eby’s mandate letter from Premier Horgan stated: “As part of our commitment to true, lasting reconciliation with First Nations in British Columbia our government will be fully adopting and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As minister, you are responsible for moving forward on the calls to action and reviewing policies, programs, and legislation to determine how to bring the principles of the declaration into action in British Columbia.”
  • Downstream First Nations such as the Mikisew Cree and the Athabasca Chipewyan have also called for the dam to be terminated. It is our ethical responsibility to be good neighbours to these downstream communities.
  • BC Hydro has announced that it will award the generating station contract to a group of multinational corporations, including Flatiron, in partnership with Aecon (in the process of being acquired by a Chinese-state owned enterprise named CCCC), Spain-based Dragados, and EBC (the AFDE Partnership). This contract is NOT in BC’s best interests.