Photo by Jason Woodhead
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has instructed Canada to suspend construction of the Site C dam on B.C.’s Peace River until the project obtains the “free, prior and informed consent” of Indigenous peoples.
Canada has until early April to report back to the committee outlining the steps it has taken to halt construction of the massive hydro-electrical dam project.
BC Hydro’s Site C is a proposed 60-metre high, 1,050- metre-long earth-filled dam and hydroelectric generation station on the Peace River in Treaty 8 territory. It would create an 83- kilometre-long reservoir that will flood 15,985 acres of agricultural land, destroy traditional hunting and fishing areas, and submerge 78 Indigenous heritage sites, including burial grounds and places of cultural and spiritual significance.