First Nations want Trudeau to act on Site C

A group of First Nations leaders have asked Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau to wade into the Site C debate.

The Northern First Nations Leadership Alliance met Wednesday in Prince George to continue discussions regarding the federal and provincial government's approach to major project development in northern B.C.

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The Alliance has made the Site C dam a focus, raising the issue of fairness in what they are calling "failed approaches to consultation with First Nations" in regard to the dam.

Construction on the $8.8-billion project is about two months in, with a finish date expected for 2024.

"Canada has an opportunity to become a leader in alternative energy development," Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations near Chetwynd said.

"I am calling on our new Prime Minister to work with us in developing Canada's potential to be a global leader in this field, instead of pursuing archaic approaches like the Site C dam. The era of destroying rivers should be over."

It's uncertain if Trudeau will wade into the debate, especially with construction on the dam already underway. Doing so could put a significant strain on provincial-federal relations early into his transition into power.

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