Pacheedaht First Nation asks Fairy Creek protestors to leave due to fire risk
June 29, 2021 By Ellen Cools
The Pacheedaht First Nation is asking protestors to leave the Fairy Creek and surrounding forested areas due to the high risk of wildfires as temperatures reach extreme highs in B.C.
According to the Times Colonist, the Nation is concerned about the possibility of human-caused wildfires that could threaten their community, businesses and natural resources, including old-growth forests in the Fairy Creek area, which has been the site of protests for months.
“With old-growth logging in the Fairy Creek watershed now deferred for two years, an integrated resource management planning process underway and with the increased risk of forest fires due to high temperatures, there is no reason for the protesters to continue to occupy our traditional territory,” said Jeff Jones, chief councillor of the Pacheedaht, in a statement. “We respectfully reiterate our request for protesters to leave our traditional territory and let our nation get on with the business of deciding how best to manage our ḥahahuułi [traditional territories].”
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