Shawnigan Lake, BC: The Shawnigan Residents Association (SRA) would like to publicly acknowledge and support Chief William Seymour and Council in their letter of December 21, 2015 (attached), condemning the position of Premier Clark and Minister Polack for ignoring their constitutional duties regarding the South Island Aggregates Contaminated Soil Dump. Chief Seymour and Council have in no uncertain terms put government on notice that they have not been consulted in an appropriate way as part of their traditional rights and title as a First Nations Government on the SIA issue.
Premier Clark and Minister Polack have consistently argued that First Nations and Community have been consulted during the Contaminated Soil Dump Issue which the SRA and Cowichan Tribes agree is completely untrue. Further, Chief Seymour and Council have noted that there are grave concerns regarding the ‘science’ behind the SIA project and the concealment of Active Earth’s biased involvement in the process due to their agreement with SIA to benefit financially from the outcome of the Ministry’s decision. Chief Seymour and Council have repeatedly requested answers to their concerns and to date neither the Premier nor the Minister have had the courtesy to respond.
Calvin Cook, President of the SRA stated, “We appreciate and show gratitude to Chief Seymour and Council of Cowichan Tribes for their ongoing support on this issue. It is worrisome to us that Government is hiding behind flawed science, lack of community and First Nation consultation, alleged bribery of public officials and a tainted relationship between SIA and Active Earth to support a decision which has placed people in peril over our drinking water source”, Cook went on to say “At what point will Premier Clark and Minister Polack support the citizens of British Columbia and our right to clean drinking water over business interests?”.
The SRA continues it legal battle with SIA in partnership with the CVRD to overturn the permit allowing dumping of contaminated soil in the Shawnigan watershed.