We partnered-up with them
BC Hydro (BCH) is the largest and most impactful company operating within the territory. They run 12 hydroelectric dams, maintain over 3,000 km of transmission lines, and produce over 50% of all of BC’s electricity on the territory.
“This [agreement] serves as a strong reminder of the power of the unity our Nations possess. As a result, BC Hydro has committed to a new era of reconciliation, trust and meaningful strategic engagement for all their activities on our territories.” Grand Chief Stewart Phillip (Chair, ONA)
On August 26, 2011, Upper Nicola Band (UNB), Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA), and the Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council (NNTC) jointly reached a landmark agreement with BC Hydro on their Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Line (ILM) which was signed at nkwr’itkw (Glimpse Lake). As part of the agreement, the parties have created a new approach to working together in Syilx/Okanagan Territory, called the Enduring Relationship. This Enduring Relationship is built upon principles of respect, early involvement, greater transparent communications and meaningful resolution of the concerns of our communities – including opening up regular communication channels between Chiefs and the Senior BC Hydro Executive. The Nation stood firm and consistent, with all Member Communities supporting this collective effort to protect and defend our collective Title and Rights.
While many more challenges remain in addressing BC Hydro’s expansive infrastructure, operations and impacts on the Syilx/Okanagan Territory, the Enduring Relationship is one unique and dedicated touchstone that may help the Nation pave the way toward preferential resolution of these many issues.
“We have always believed that developing mutual solutions leads to greater certainty for all. This is truly a historic day for our communities; one that will set the stage for recognition of our unique and enduring connection to our lands.” Chief Daniel Manuel (Upper Nicola Band)