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Fall 2014 Newsletter

November 13, 2014
Highlights:
  • McNab Valley Project Updates
  • Reprieve from Gambier Woodlot threat
  • Municipal Elections 2014
  • Howe Sound Planning Takes a Leap Forward

Reprieve from Gambier Woodlot threat

No news is good news, and since the July 25th and 26th public meetings with the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resources, that has been the status.  Today, November 5th welcome news coming from the Sunshine Coast Natural Resources Districts.
The Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has decided to decline to accept a winning applicant in the recent tendering of two woodlots on Gambier Island in order for the Province of British Columbia to address community concerns and undertake further consultations with the Squamish Nation consistent with the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. BC (Tsilhqot’in decision).  On June 26, 2014, several months after the woodlots were tendered but prior to the selection decision, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its decision in this case which provided greater clarity both on Aboriginal title and the Province’s responsibilities in relation to both established and asserted …

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McNab Valley Project Updates

Howe Dark Glen Payan Artist
Artist Glen Payan
Activity is ongoing in the McNab Valley as the winter weather sets in.

Construction of the Box Canyon Run of the River 15 megawatt Hydro Project is well underway.  This project is a partnership with the Squamish Nation as reported in the Squamish Chief news this past August.    Local Howe Sound steward John Buchanan made a visit to the site October 14th before the big rains started this fall.  He reported and videoed some concerns about the measures in place to control the silt outfall.  John’s video report on the …

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Howe Sound Planning Takes a Leap Forward

On Friday, October 17th, elected officials, government staff and NGO observers made the journey to the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola near Squamish  to join hosts Squamish Nation for the third 2014 Howe Sound Community Forum.    In total 63 people came together for a packed October 17th Agenda continuing on the theme of comprehensive land and marine planning for Howe Sound.

Chiefs Gibby Jacob and Bill Williams, Council members Chris Lewis, Josh Joseph and Richard Baker were warm hosts during an otherwise damp day in Howe Sound.  The morning’s traditional welcome was followed by a well received announcement from Squamish …

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Municipal Elections 2014

On November 15th votes will be counted and newly elected representatives of communities around Howe Sound will begin influencing our future. You may want to consider your candidate’s values when it comes to sustainability.

The Squamish Nation people who were around long before us and will be here many generations into …

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