The province is putting the wheels in motion on a program to boost safety and mobility for First Nations along the notorious Highway of Tears.
Based partially on a pilot program by the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, it aims to increase access to driver’s licenses for residents of the remote communities.
Tribal Cheif Terry Teegee says the program, along with a shuttle bus for the highway, were among key recommendations in the 2006 Highway of Tears report.
“I certainly hope now that this would be a big priority of the government to implement all of these recommendations and fully implement them and provide resources, to make sure that our youth are safe travelling to whatever destinations that they have along highway 16.”
The program will partner the province with ICBC and will cover the cost of driver training and road tests for local First Nations.
The province plans to have buses servicing the route by the end of the year.