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Indigenous-led ecosystem studies a key element of Columbia River Treaty talks – Creston Valley Advance

Jun. 22, 2022

While the Columbia River Treaty was borne out of a flood control and power generation agreement, the negotiations for the modernization of the international water-sharing agreement have included a third principle of ecosystem function.

Led by the Syilx Okanagan, Ktunaxa and Secwepemc First Nations — collectively the Columbia Basin Indigenous Nations — the concept of ecosystem function has been a key aspect of the treaty modernization.

The studies are part of a Columbia River Treaty Ecosystem Function subcommittee, which is led by the three Columbia Basin Indigenous nations, and includes representatives from provincial and federal agencies and consultants.

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