First Nations must play key role in spill response

October 31, 2016 (All day)

In a recent opinion article in the Vancouver Sun about the devastating diesel spill in Heiltsuk waters near Bella Bella, Coastal First Nations Board Chair, Kelly Russ, along with co-authors Billy Yovanovich and Richard Smith from the Haida Nation, explain why First Nations must play a key role in emergency spill response planning.

The risks posed by fuel spills to the cultural and economic well-being of the Heiltsuk and other coastal First Nations are unacceptable, they write. If reconciliation is to have real meaning, all First Nations must be assured that our way of life which has been in place for millennia will be there for future generations.

Read the full article.