Proposed Upper Pitt River Water Power Project Pinecone Burke Park Boundary Adjustment

    NORTH VANCOUVER, March 26 /CNW/ - The Squamish Nation does not support
the application from Run of River Power Inc and Northwest Cascade Power Ltd to
the BC Parks (Ministry of Environment) to remove land from Pinecone Burke
Provincial Park for the Pitt River hydropower project.
    This project will build a 42 km power line, that will transmit renewable
energy, through Pinecone Burke Provincial Park and then through the Mamquam
Valley to Squamish. This proposed transmission route would traverse and impact
the Squamish Nation aboriginal rights and title lands, and contravene the
Squamish Nation's Xay Temixw Land Use Plan.
    In July 2007, the Squamish Nation and the Ministry of Environment signed
a Collaborative Agreement for the Management of Protected Areas in Squamish
Nation Traditional Territory. Under that agreement, any removal of park lands
will require the Province to reach a consensus decision with Squamish Nation.
That process has not yet commenced.
    Chief Bill Williams, Co-chair of Squamish Nation states "Our land is
sacred. Our Xay Temixw Land Use Plan was developed to protect and manage the
forests and wilderness, we should be actively trying to restore and improve
wildlife habitat and forest in this area. Our Xay Temixw Land Use Plan does
not support the transmission line through Pinecone Burke Provincial Park or
the Mamquam Valley." He also adds "The Province should not be entertaining
such a significant amendment without respecting First Nation jurisdiction and
our Collaborative Agreement. If this project is to proceed, it must take a
different transmission line route."

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For further information: Squamish Nation Communications,, (604) 980-4553

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