OPEN LETTER: Ministry of Environment urged to consult Heiltsuk First Nation

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Bella Bella, B.C. (Monday, October 16) – Heiltsuk First Nation has issued an open letter inviting the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman, to Heiltsuk territory following statements he has made on Friday regarding marine spill cleanups, like the Nathan E Stewart spill in Heiltsuk Territory.

In the open letter, Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett notes the remote coastal nation looks forward to consultation on robust environmental impact assessments and discussing the regulations that will put in force the sections of the Environmental Management Act that will require polluters to conduct and finance comprehensive environmental impact assessments – something not currently required by law in British Columbia, but well within provincial jurisdiction.