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BC Oil and Gas Commission Breathes new life into a 2011, old, DRAFT with the Treaty 8
September 22, 2016
|Interim Consultation Procedure with Treaty 8 First Nations September 2011|
In 1968, B.C. Hydro built the Bennett Dam, west of Hudson Hope on the Peace River. The impact of the dam was the flooding of the Finlay-Parsnip River area and the formation of Williston Lake, which is 1070 sq. km. in size and has a shoreline of 1770 km. Large quantities of timber stands were flooded along with the Sekani reserve at Fort Grahame, known as Finlay Forks I.R. No. 1, as well as a nearby sawmill which employed 33 Indians. About forty Indians lived permanently in Fort Grahame, while most lived in trapping cabins along the Finlay River.
In exchange for the flooded Finlay Forks reserve, two reserves, Tutu Creek and Parsnip were set aside in 1969 for the Finlay Forks Bank. They are located fairly close to the new town of Mackenzie.
Unfortunately the Indians were not happy with these reserves; Tutu Creek was never inhabited, and, while four families did move to Parsnip, it was abandoned a few years later. Most of the members of this Band have squatted on Crown Lands at Ingenika because they much prefer the more isolated location. The remaining members of this Band have settled at Ware and McLeod Lakes.
Because of the flooding the composition and quantity of wildlife in the area has been greatly affected by the creation of the Lake according to the Department of Environment. This has, in turn, impacted on the guiding and trapping area of the Indians. The people of Ingenika and McLeod Lake now have to travel much further than in the past to reach the animals, and then find a reduced quantity. Access to what is left of the traplines is very difficult.