Highway 16 Transportation To Be Discussed
Prince George, B.C. – A symposium on finding safe, affordable and practical transportation on the Highway 16 corridor between Prince George and Prince Rupert will be held in Smithers in November.
The First Nations Health Authority and B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are hosting the symposium, which will hear from First Nations communities and municipalities. Discussions will focus on finding options to address both medical and non-medical travel and support healthy communities.
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone says “I’m confident that, through our partnership with the First Nations Health Authority, and the information and ideas gathered at the symposium, we will be able to develop a vision for a community-based transportation model that is supported by First Nations and municipal communities along the Highway 16 corridor.”
The symposium will take place in Smithers on Nov. 24, 2015, and include representatives from the 23 First Nations communities along the Highway 16 corridor, the provincial government, and municipal government organizations.
“Safe and affordable medical transportation for First Nations along the Highway 16 corridor is our goal” said First Nations Health Authority chief operating officer Richard Jock. “The FNHA assumed responsibility for medical transportation in 2013 and we look forward to working with First Nations, government and other partners to create new models which address transportation along the Highway 16 corridor in a more fundamental way.”
A survey of current transportations issues and challenges on Highway 16 has just been launched. The survey results and themes will provide the foundation for discussion at the symposium.
However those discussions will also take into account previous community engagement and reports including the 2006 Highway 16 Transportation Symposium Report and the 2012 Missing Women Commission of Inquiry recommendations.
The survey for First Nations communities along the Highway 16 corridor can be found online at http://bit.ly/fnhatransportationsurvey.