Today we are proud to co-release the
Atlas of Cumulative Landscape Disturbance in the Traditional Territory of Blueberry River First Nations. The Atlas was commissioned by Blueberry River First Nations and David Suzuki Foundation, and authored by Ecotrust Canada.
At this morning's press conference with the project partners, Chief Marvin Yahey emphasized that the Nations are not opposed to development per se. Instead, they want the province to uphold their Treaty 8 rights and protect their way of life by engaging the Nations in future development planning. Describing his vision, Chief Yahey said, "To work with people - that's all we ask... [BC] needs to engage the people from the start, not the aftermath."
The Disturbance Atlas shows, in striking detail, the vast extent of environmental degradation on
Blueberry River’s traditional territory. "You've got to be there to see it," Chief Yahey said. "And we live with it."