The B.C. Government is holding a series of meetings to update the public about the current stage of the Columbia River Treaty negotiations.
There are 12 total community meetings planned across the Columbia Basin, with five local meetings scheduled for the East Kootenay area.
“As we continue discussions about the future of the treaty, it’s vital that we stay connected with basin communities and engage them in a way that wasn’t done when the treaty was first drafted,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C.’s Minister Responsible for the Columbia River Treaty. “Engaging face-to-face with communities plays an important part in the current process, and what we hear informs the discussions at the negotiating table.”
The most recent round of negotiations was held in ʔaq’am September 10th and 11th.
More: Cranbrook Hosts Columbia River Treaty Negotiations (September 13, 2019)
Here’s the list of the local community meetings, each of which will run from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on their respective days.
- Cranbrook – Cranbrook Public Library
- Tuesday, October 22, 2019
- Jaffray – Jaffray Comunity Hall
- Wednesday, October 23, 2019
- Creston – Creston and District Community Complex
- Thursday, October 24, 2019
- Golden – Golden Civic Centre
- Tuesday, October 29, 2019
- Invermere – Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The public meetings will include an update from the B.C. Government on how they are working to address community interests in the negotiations, also featuring presentation from First Nations about their ongoing study of ecosystems in the Columbia Basin, which includes the local Ktunaxa Nation.
Last year, the B.C. Government also did a similar round of public meetings to update the communities on the Columbia River Treaty.