Blueberry River First Nation launches new resource business in B.C’s north

By Frank O’Brien
Business in Vancouver
October 24, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One year after winning a landmark legal case that gave it $65 million and control over 38,000 square kilometres (14,670 square miles) overlapping much of B.C.’s nascent natural gas fields and infrastructure, a small First Nation in northern B.C. is getting down to business. The Blueberry River First Nations (BRFN) has established a new enterprise, Blueberry River Resources. The idea is to create economic growth for the community, including outside of its boundaries. “BRFN was rewarded $35 million dollars for land restoration from the Cumulative Damages Claim,” said a statement from its Chief and council.“We believe the best way to invest this money is through creating a restoration business outside of the nation.” On October 19, it announced the appointment of outgoing Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman as the company’s CEO. “Lori is the ideal candidate to help launch Blueberry River Resources into a successful business for our lands, water, wildlife, and people,” said the statement.

Read More