Lake Babine Nation holds assembly

After a five year hiatus, Lake Babine Nation held its three-day AGA last week.

Lake Babine Nation members came from across their territories for their fifteenth Annual General Assembly at the Margaret Patrick Hall in Burns Lake. The three day gathering allowed staff and council to report on their work from the year before

After a five year hiatus, Lake Babine Nation (LBN) held its three-day AGA last week.

Chief Wilf Adam described the delay in holding the AGA as a setback due to band financial difficulties. This year’s AGA was possible because band council and management had made large strides in taking band finances in a positive direction.

“Over 400 or so of our citizens were involved over the last three days,” Adam said. “We spent over $70,000 and that stayed in the Burns Lake area. It was a success with lots of interest in what LBN delivers.”

Attendees of the assembly had the opportunity to listen to staff reports, and make their concerns known publicly and directly to council and staff members responsible.

Ongoing treaty negotiations suffer from conflicting claims with other First Nations regarding traditional territories, and federal and provincial governments who do not seem to recognize the territorial rights of First Nations when it comes to resource extraction and the profits it brings with it.

But LBN is receiving some economic advantage already from preliminary natural gas pipeline work in their territories. The recently completed Summit Camp, located behind the Fort Babine Lodge site, became operational on June 24, 2013.

The full-service camp has 23 rooms under contract with Spectra Energy, and 10 rooms under contract with Stantec, who is doing work related to the TransCanada Coastal GasLink project.

The camp is staffed by seven LBN members, and was built with lumber milled at the Fort Babine Sawmill.

Fred William, Fort Babine councillor, described his community’s location along the energy corridor as making it a prime location for industry to consider.

“We have industries knocking on our door,” William said. “Especially mining and pipeline companies.”

“As leaders we are making sure that a proper plan is in place to start economic adventures with the companies that are active in our area.”

The 2013 sockeye salmon harvest was a devastating blow to LBN. Only 312,327 sockeye were counted at the Babine Lake fence. A minimum of 1,050,000 are required to fulfil Skeena First Nations food fish requirements, spawning channels and wild tributaries.

On a positive note, Donna Macintyre, LBN fisheries director, noted that an unusually large return of jack sockeye (two-year old sockeye that have returned to spawning channels) was counted, at 320,783 fish.

Although jack salmon are not commercially viable, Macintyre reported that the high number typically means an extremely high sockeye return the following year.



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

BC VOTES 2020: John Rustad re-elected in Nechako Lakes riding

The result is based on preliminary vote count and the final results will be available after Nov.6

John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. (File-Black Press)
Horgan trounces challengers to be re-elected in his Vancouver Island riding

MLA has represented constituency of Langford-Juan de Fuca and its predecessors since 2005

The track washrooms will be opened up again next year in May. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
Toilets, sinks torn off, graffiti on walls at the Burns Lake track washroom

“Seems to happen once or twice a year” says the Village CAO on the vandalized track washroom

FILE - Nathan Cullen speaks to media in Smithers, B.C., Friday, February 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan, Cullen apologize for Stikine candidate’s comments about Haida candidate

Nathan Cullen had made insensitive comments about Roy Jones Jr. Cheexial

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s top physician says she fears the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may increase in the coming weeks as the second wave continues to drive the death toll toward 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns severe illness likely to rise, trailing spike in COVID-19 cases

Average daily deaths from virus reached 23 over the past seven days, up from six deaths six weeks ago

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
B.C. driver thought he retrieved a dead bald eagle – until it came to life in his backseat

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Chastity Davis-Alphonse took the time to vote on Oct. 21. B.C’s general Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. (Chastity Davis-Alphonse Facebook photo)
B.C. reconciliation advocate encourages Indigenous women to vote in provincial election

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

White Rock RCMP Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls has released a report on mental health and policing in the city. (File photos)
White Rock’s top cop wants to bill local health authority for lengthy mental-health calls

‘Suggestion’ included in nine-page review calling for ‘robust’ support for healthcare-led response

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

RCMP stock photo (Black Press)
Charges laid against Prince George man, 39, in drug trafficking probe

Tyler Aaron Gelowitz is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 18

Most Read