Tribal Chief Reacts to Throne Speech
Prince George, B.C. – Tribal Chief Terry Teegee of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council has criticized the provincial government for its lack of commitment to First Nations people in yesterday’s Throne Speech.
Aside from a pledge to work with its partners in Ottawa on the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and a promise to move forward with its five point action plan for safe transportation options along Highway 16, little else was said.
“I think there needs to be more commitment to First Nations, in particular more commitments toward being full partners in projects, full partners in access to impact benefit agreements and stumpage or taxes or what have you,” says Teegee. “For First Nations to be fully included into this economy.”
He was also critical of the government’s plan to maintain its strict focus on developing LNG.
“The whole LNG question is that it’s all based on commodity prices so I don’t think we should as a province rely just on one industry to drive the economy,” says Teegee.
“I think there needs to be better commitment to better management of the forest industry and also other possibilities to develop secondary energy products like bio-energy.”
However he admits he’s not overly concerned by what he heard.
“I think for First Nations I didn’t see too much commitment there but this is more of a political speech so I wouldn’t put too much into it but I think there needs to be more commitment in actual agreements with the province.”