Waterline: CRD and T'sou-ke First Nation Form Partnership for Leech Water Supply Access

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CRD and T'sou-ke First Nation Form Partnership for Leech Water Supply Access

The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has unanimously supported an agreement with the T’Sou-ke First Nation to access the Leech Water Supply Area for traditional use activities. 

The Leech Water Supply Area, purchased by the CRD in 2007 and 2010, lies within the traditional territories of the T’Sou-ke, Scia’new (Beecher Bay) and the Malahat First Nations. South Island Nations are signatories to the 1850 Douglas Treaties, which provide for “the liberty to hunt over the unoccupied lands and to carry on our fisheries as formerly”. The CRD has made relationship-building with First Nations a Board priority and understands and respects the critical importance of Indigenous people’s relationship to the land and “this place”.

The Regional Water Commission recently voted to close public access to the Leech area, in a long-range program to restore the logged area over time, in anticipation of one day expanding the drinking water supply area in the future.  A final decision by the Board has not been made as to whether the area should be closed off to all public use, or to create a permitting system for controlled access by user groups.
 
Source: Civic Info BC | Read more. March 10, 2016
 

Province Will Help Facilitate Sewage Solution for Capital Region

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, has issued the following statement regarding sewage treatment plans in the Capital Regional District (CRD):

“The Province of B.C. has agreed to help facilitate a path forward with the CRD to ensure sewage treatment occurs within the federal and provincial timelines. It is important that a solution is found; and the process moves along. We are willing to help by providing advice and expertise.

Source: Civic Info BC | Read more. March 9, 2016


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