Tahltan-Government agreement is ‘vital step’ in protecting long-term future of the Klappan

Sep. 11/13

An agreement between senior Province officials and the Tahltan Central Council (TCC) has been heralded as a vital step in securing a long-term future for Mount Klappan.

Leaders from TCC met with Aboriginal Relations, Energy and Mines and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations staff to put in place a long-promised agreement last week. This will see a new working group assembled to recommend options for the long-term development of the Klappan and Sacred Headwaters area. The group is due to report before Christmas.

“This is a vital step towards protecting an area which is vital for all Tahltan people and all British Columbians,” said TCC President Annita McPhee.

The protection of the Klappan and consultation with First Nations on development has been high on the agenda for Christy Clark’s Provincial Government, and the issue was clearly identified in Minister of Environment Mary Polak’s mandate letter in June.

“Tahltan have been at the forefront of Northwest BC’s economic boom but for years we have opposed developments on Mount Klappan,” said McPhee. “The area is simply too important: it has been vital for hunting for thousands of years, supports three salmon-bearing rivers and is essential to Tahltan culture. This agreement starts to put in place the plans that protect our land and culture for good.”

For the full news release from the provincial government, please visit this link: http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2013-2017/2013ENV0073-001373.htm