There was a great deal of anger on Cortes Island when the province lifted the open campfire ban on June 21. As Nancy Kendel wrote in the Tideline, “We have had basically NO RAIN since beginning of May, and our forests are tinder dry!” The ban was reimposed days later, but the underlying problem persists today. Cortes Island is part of the Coastal Fire Centre, and the regulations governing it are drawn up in a wetter climate.Continue reading What’s happening with the Cortes Island Open Burning Bylaw?
The Kwiakah and Tla’amin First Nations are now recognized in Strathcona Regional District (SRD) territorial acknowledgements. The SRD added their names in response to strong requests from both nations. A series of motions to this effect were passed at the July 19 SRD Board meeting, in Campbell River.Continue reading SRD acknowledges Kwiakah and Tla’amin First Nations
The Strathcona Regional District recognizes ten First Nations as communities within their boundaries, but the Tla’amin are not one of them. This topic arose during last month’s First Nation’s Committee Meeting and again when the committee met on February 22. Most of the Tla’amin lands are within qathet Regional District, but they have a shared history with the Klahoose in southern Cortes Island and were given a large parcel of Mansons Landing by treaty. However Klahoose is one of the nations recognized by the SRD and Cortes Island is within their traditional boundaries. Azalea Milwood, the First Nations Liaison, explained, “I don’t believe, at this point, we should add the Tla’amin Nation, due to not knowing how the Klahoose Nation feels about that.”Continue reading Why Tla’amin will not be in the SRD’s territorial acknowledgement (yet)
Regional Director Noba Anderson unveiled some new information about TELUS’s proposed Cortes Island cell phone tower(s), in a report she gave the SRD Board on Wednesday March 16th, 2022.Continue reading SRD Report: New details on the TELUS tower(s)
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The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) has no authority over TELUS’ proposed 63.1 metre high cell tower site in Mansons Landing.
This would not be true if TELUS was building on its property at 798 Rexford Road, but they want to build on the former Paukeanum Indian Reserve No. 3. It has been Tla’amin First Nation land ever since the Tla’amin Final Agreement with the governments of BC and went into effect on April 5, 2016.Continue reading Proposed Cortes Island Cell tower on Tla’amin First Nation land