The Sechelt First Nation has finalized a pair of major agreements with renewable energy companies.
The agreement with NI Holdings was 7 years in the making, and includes three run-of-river IPPs on Chickwat and Ramona Creeks in Narrows Inlet. “We worked tirelessly with the company negotiating the development and execution of studies and then in the development of mitigation plans. This project is important to our future and it will be built in a way that adheres to our stewardship principles,” says Chief Garry Feschuk.
The other agreement is with a tidal power company that raised some eyebrows a while back when it started looking into the potential of Skookumchuck Narrows, north of Sechelt.
Western Tidal President Rob Coulter says what the ageement means is that they’ll be holding the license in trust, but nothing will happen without Sechelt Nation involvement or approval.
Feschuk says Western Tidal approached them early with the goal of collaboration, and he applauds the effort and hopes others wanting to work in Sechelt traditional territory follow the example.
Feschuk, by the way, has decided not to run for another term as Chief when the Sechelt Nation holds elections on February 22nd.
Feschuk is running, instead, for a Council position.
Three candidates have been nominated for Chief, former chief Calvin Craigan, Warren Paull who’s served as a Councillor in the past, and Kevin August.