BC needs a new approach to the North

BC needs a new approach to the North r1 ...

New report shares leaders’ vision for the region

Hi Paov,

It seems like the only time we talk about northern British Columbia is when the government backs a controversial new megaproject like Site C dam or LNG Canada. That’s a problem.

Premier Horgan says he wants reconciliation and climate action but those causes have seen serious setbacks under his government, largely because of its conflicting priorities for the North. Our latest report, Voices and Vision of Northern British Columbia, shows a better way forward.

Read the report! We talked to 24 northern leaders from Indigenous Nations and local governments about what they needed to implement provincial goals around Indigenous rights and climate change. They shared their aspirations for thriving communities and how the province can help.

It’s clear the province’s approach to the North isn’t working. Northerners want more say in the decisions that affect them and they need support to succeed in a world with new challenges and realities. It’s time for a new strategy focused on community economic development, cultural revitalization, environmental management and social well-being.

Read our new blog post: 9 things you should know about Northern BC, to learn more about what we heard.

Let’s stop fighting over ill-conceived industrial megaprojects in the North. We can have Indigenous sovereignty, a safe climate and thriving northern communities. These issues are complex, but we can move forward by working together. That’s exactly what we intend to do.

For the climate,
Peter McCartney
Climate Campaigner
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