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Logging permit near Chase raises territory and economic issues for First Nation

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December 06, 2016 - 2:51 PM

CHASE - A local First Nation is calling out the provincial government for approving a logging permit in the Shuswap without consultation.

The Neskonlith Indian Band is requesting the province rescind a permit issued last week for logging 28 hectares near Harper Lake south of Chase and near reserve land. The band’s Chief Judy Wilson says in a media release the First Nation has “decision making authority regarding forestry in our territories.”

“Our community and our nation have taken a very strong position regarding our title and rights, and jurisdiction regarding logging in Secwepemc territory,” she says in the release.

Wilson says consent is needed from the First Nation and the province must meet environmental responsibilites. The economic benift of the First Nation and its ownership of the trees must also be taken into account, she adds.

The First Nation has spoken to the premier’s office and government officials about the permit and planned logging of the area, and have been told the permit is not being rescinded.

A walk is planned for today, Dec. 6, through the Harper Lake area by pipe carriers and elders, followed by a community meeting tomorrow night to discuss concerns and plans.

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