Secwepemc Territory – The Sexqeltkemc (People of the Lakes) Division of the Secwepemc Nation who encompass a vast territory from Monte Creek to the Alberta Border in the Interior Region of British Columbia, are dismayed that Minister Lekstrom made the decision on April 9, 2010 to sanction the Environmental Certificate to BC Hydro despite the Sexqéltkemc’s continued concerns.

The Projects – The proposed Mica 5 and Mica 6 projects, are located at the Mica Dam 135km north of Revelstoke, whereas the associated capacitor station is located near Salmon Arm. These projects are one of many BC Hydro is pursuing despite being challenged by First Nations throughout the Province.

Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, Splatsin –

The Environmental Assessment Process is not equipped to deal with the past infringement of our title, nor the historical loss of our land, water, salmon, and resources. These must be dealt with on a Government-to-Government basis. We will no longer be beggars in our own country.

Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Neskonlith –

The Sexqeltkemc have filed our own Environmental Assessment report whereby we reject the Mica 5 and Mica 6 Environmental Assessment Certificates issued by the Ministers (MEMPR and MOE). BC Hydro and the Environmental Assessment Consultation Process do not have the jurisdiction or capability to deal with aboriginal title and rights.

Kukpi7 Nelson Leon, Adams Lake –

The issuance of the Environmental Assessment Certificate is again proof the Province denies and continues to contradict the legal obligations required by legal cases regarding the Crown’s duty to consult, won by numerous First Nations in British Columbia. The Province continues to illegally allocate our resources, therefore maintaining poverty in Aboriginal Communities.

For further information or questions please contact Sunny LeBourdais, Sexqéltkemc Energy Technical Coordinator