Premier Clark Just Broke More than the Treaty Process
Her recent moves risk a generation of effort, collaboration and goodwill.
When Premier Christy Clark came to visit the Ktunaxa Nation Government Building last summer, she was all smiles. It was the first time we hosted a premier in our new government building. We had recently purchased the former headquarters of a forestry company that was bought out and no longer operates in our territory. There were smiles, handshakes and photos, too, and while we were not able to discuss anything substantive, we had a forum for discussions.
What we are left with is a reality that the Ktunaxa Nation, currently in stage four of the six-stage treaty process, could be minus one partner at the negotiation table. ......
The cloud of uncertainty that hangs over the province's economy has once again grown darker with the reckless decision to scuttle the treaty process without any discussions with the partners to the tripartite process.
The Premier's recent actions do not appear to be supportive of treaties, reconciliation or First Nations. This is evidenced by her government's support of projects like Site C and the Jumbo Glacier Resort, which are egregiously detrimental to First Nations' lives and culture.
She has seriously damaged any relationships that may have existed in Indian country, and that is a major liability for a province seeking economic development and for a society committed to social justice, recognition and reconciliation.
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