VANCOUVER – A historic agreement to save the northeastern mountain camp in northeastern British Columbia was recognized as a reconciliation in action and reached its climax on the same day that tensions in Canada over indigenous land rights and resource development, which led to blockades and arrests, reached their peak. 28. BC will not seek to amend, dissolve or replace regulatory measures without the written consent of the other contracting parties. “Caribou are a key species, an indicator of the health of the country,” he said. After consultation with the committee, the parties to the partnership agreement may amend these conditions by written agreement. “From the beginning, our government has been committed to protecting this iconic species,” said Doug Donaldson, B.C Minister of Forestry, Land, Natural Resources and Rural Development. “There is no doubt that we have faced some challenges along the way, but I am proud to see how the parties have persevered to find solutions. This agreement is a big step forward. The partnership agreement also confirms that the 2,689-hectare Klin-se-za Provincial Park (pronounced “Klin-see`za”) will be expanded by approximately 30,800 hectares.
The province had already committed in 2015 to expand the park (Area B2) as part of the Saulteau First Nation-Colombia-Colombia- New Relationship and Reconciliation Agreement. The expanded park will cover more than 34,300 hectares and will include two mountains known locally as The Twin Sisters. The territory of the twin sisters is considered by the indigenous peoples of the region and elsewhere as a sacred place and supports the rest of the caribou. “We are deeply disappointed that today`s separate partnership agreement permanently removes significant amounts of fibre from the timber harvest area and creates additional employment-related insecurity,” said the FORESTIÈRE INDUSTRIES TIP and the Forest Products Association of Canada in a joint statement. In recent weeks, the West Moberly First Nations and Saulteau First Nation have proposed amendments to the partnership agreement that provide more opportunities for local communities to participate in Caribou`s rehabilitation efforts. According to the government, the number of caribou in the province has increased from 40,000 to 15,000. The number of mountaineers in the south has fallen to less than 3,100 and the central group that this agreement aims to protect has fallen to 230.