BC Hydro recently announced the newly created Strategic Aboriginal Engagement Committee.
The committee’s mandate is to provide advice and input, identify barriers and solutions, and generate innovative concepts and approaches to support the design and delivery of BC Hydro’s planning and operations as well as its Aboriginal Relations Strategy. The committee will be responsible for providing recommendations to which BC Hydro will respond publicly in writing.
The committee consists of 12 members. The eight non-BC Hydro members are:
· Carl Archie, Secwepemc Nation,
· Kim Baird, Tsawwassen First Nation,
· Robin Billy, Adams Lake Indian Band,
· Willie Charlie, Sts’ailes Nation,
· Michelle Corfield, Ucluelet First Nation,
· Bruce Dumont, Métis Nation BC,
· Dan George, Wet’suwet’en First Nation, and
· Annita McPhee, Tahltan Nation.
Members have been appointed for a one-year term and were chosen from 43 applicants by an all-Aboriginal selection committee. Four senior BC Hydro representatives will also serve on the committee but will not have the voting rights held by the non-BC Hydro members.
BC Hydro says they strive to achieve direct relationships with Aboriginal communities. The committee will not replace or impact these direct relationships or BC Hydro’s consultation and accommodation obligations.
Further information on the committee can be found at: bchydro.com/saec.