First Nations’ leaders say the occupation of Premier Christy Clark’s constituency office is over because the government has agreed to talk about the spread of treated human waste on private and public lands in the Nicola Valley.
Four chiefs and a representative of a fifth chief began their sit-in of Clark’s West Kelowna office on April 15.
Chief Aaron Sam of the Lower Nicola Indian Band says they are worried about impacts on land, water, traditional foods and health and noted the government is legally obligated to consult with aboriginals.
“It has been quite a few long days and we have been in discussion with the province, and we feel that we are going to have an important meeting, we are hopeful that is going to be the beginning of future dialogue with the province.”
The company contracted to spread the waste, BioCentral, has said that biosolids are used around the world to rejuvenate soil, and it had all the required permits, licenses and permissions.