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West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations file court claim to stop Site C

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Dam construction violates 1899 treaty and is unconstitutional, notice of civil claim says

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, Jan 16, 2018

Two First Nations in northeast B.C. have started legal action against the Site C dam, claiming its construction violates Treaty No. 8 signed 1899, as well as the Canadian Constitution.

In notices of civil claim filed Jan. 15, the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations say the mega-project will infringes on their treaty rights and “fails to uphold the Honour of the Crown.” Read the rest of this entry

West Moberly, Prophet River First Nations warn Site C approval could lead to billion dollar treaty violation

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West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson said B.C. Cabinet members are ‘playing their cards pretty close to their chest’ when discussing how they will proceed on the Site C dam project, but he believes they must cancel it in order to uphold treaty obligations. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC)

The question of whether Site C violates the 1899 Treaty 8 agreement has not been tested in court

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, Nov 21, 2017

The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations have warned they will launch a “billion-dollar lawsuit” testing whether the Site C dam violates their treaty rights should the provincial government decide to proceed with the project. Read the rest of this entry

Why B.C.’s Site C dam could become a national issue

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Opponents of the $8.8 billion dam hope this week’s federal court case marks a tipping point

By Justin McElroy, CBC News, September 11, 2016

For the last week, a large bus with the slogan “Stand with First Nations to protect the Peace River” on its sides has been making its way across Canada.

A federal judge will hear an appeal from two northeastern B.C. First Nations groups in Montreal on Monday about the $8.8 billion dam known as Site C. The Treaty 8 First Nations want construction to stop on the Site C dam site, saying it infringes on their traditional hunting, fishing and trapping rights.  Read the rest of this entry

B.C. Hydro CEO refuses to halt Site C, says Amnesty report wrong

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B.C. Hydro president Jessica McDonald says some First Nations groups approve Site C

The Canadian Press, August 10, 2016

B.C. Hydro president Jessica McDonald says the Crown corporation has reached wide-ranging agreements with some First Nations concerned about the $8.8-billion Site-C hydroelectric dam project in northeastern B.C.

McDonald rejects a recent call to halt work on the project, saying talks and consultations have gone on since 2007 and recent agreements will mitigate potential impacts of the project. Read the rest of this entry

Site C Hunger Hunger Strike at Vancouver BC Hydro

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Hunger strikers against the proposed Site C dam outside BC Hydro building in Vancouver, March 3, 2016. Photo: facebook

Supporters of Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land Camp daily hunger strike after the northern camp was dismantled by the RCMP. Please show your support by attending the BC Hydro building. Not everyone is expected to hunger strike!

Beginning on Thursday, we invite everyone to gather daily from 8am to 5pm with the intention of shaming BC Hydro, who are violating treaty 8 rights and preparing to decimate vital agricultural lands in the Peace Valley. Read the rest of this entry

Site C protesters end blockade

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Opponents of Site C dismantle the remote protest camp that stalled BC Hydro dam construction work for two months. (Christy Jordan-Fenton via CBC News)

Local farmer says protesters are crying and emotional but packing up “as law abiding citizens”

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, March 01, 2016

Site C protesters who’ve been stalling dam construction in northern B.C. say they’re packing up and ending their two-month land occupation so they won’t be arrested.

Reached this afternoon at their remote Rocky Mountain Fort protest camp, Site C opponents told CBC News they are obeying Monday’s B.C. Supreme Court order requiring them to leave the area and allow site-clearing work by BC Hydro contractors to proceed, southwest of Fort St John. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. court rules against Site C dam protesters, says campers can be removed

BC Hydro seeks injunction against Site C dam project protesters

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Protesters at the Site C dam project in northern B.C. have been posting signs like these around the worksite. (Yvonne Tupper)

Protesters say they’re ‘shocked’ as they were expecting to negotiate with BC Hydro

CBC News, Jan 20, 2016

BC Hydro is seeking an injunction against protesters at its Site C dam project, claiming they have been preventing contractors from completing their work on the south bank of the Peace River since Jan. 4.

In a petition filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Hydro asks for an injunction to prevent protesters from impeding work on the site and from threatening or intimidating contractors. The utility is also asking for punitive as well as general damages and costs.  Read the rest of this entry

3 protesters arrested at Site C dam project

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Protesters are defying an eviction notice from BC Hydro as the Crown utility presses ahead with land clearing around the Site C hydroelectric project along the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Verena Hoffmann

Treaty 8 members say $9 billion mega dam being built without First Nations’ consent

CBC News Jan 6, 2016

Three protesters at a construction site for the Site C dam near Fort St. John in northern B.C. have been arrested for blocking vehicles from entering the work site, RCMP said late Wednesday in a statement.

Cpl. Dave Tyreman said RCMP received a report of protesters blocking the roadway shortly after 10 a.m. PT. When officers arrived, he said, they found a man and woman blocking vehicles. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. Hydro orders protesters off land slated for logging near Site C dam