ʔaq̓am leadership endorses proposed Land Act changes

By Trevor Crawley
The Free Press
March 6, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

ʔaq̓am First Nation leadership says it is “dismayed” with a recent decision by the B.C. government to suspend a process that proposed amendments to B.C.’s Land Act. The proposed amendments were intended to align language in the Land Act with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), which unanimously passed by B.C. legislature in 2019. However, Nathan Cullen, the Minister of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship, recently announced the government is not proceeding with the proposed changes. “We are dismayed that these straightforward updates to the act were misrepresented by some people to such an extent that Minister Cullen has opted to pause the process,” said Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre of ʔaq̓am.

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