A First Nation has released its report looking into the first two days following the grounding of the Nathan E. Stewart tugboat.
Heiltsuk Nation Chief Marilyn Slett says there is still land that is cordoned off.
“Some of that is under DFO and some have been through our integrated resource department, and right now those areas still affect the harvesting of resources for the community. Long term, we’re still dealing with the effects.”
The investigation found there were issues with materials arriving on the scene, or not being used, confusion about who was in charge, and a lack of safety instructions.
She says the study was a necessity.
“We’re a self-governing nation; our inherent right, our jurisdiction. This happened in Heiltsuk traditional territory, in our backyard. It was important for us to conduct this for our people, our people wanted answers.”
The American tug spilled more than 110,000 litres of diesel near Bella Bella last October.