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No changes to Snuneymuxw First Nation’s stance on Colliery dams – Nanaimo News

Mar 23, 2015

The Snuneymuxw has never dictated to the city what it must do to remediate the Colliery dams, according to Chief John Wesley, who says the whole process has become highly politicized.

The Snuneymuxw released a statement and letters from its chief Friday, outlining its position on the dams.

Misinformation about its stance has become a concern for the First Nation, which states its decision was communicated ‘very clearly’ to the city and province and its position hasn’t changed.

Last year Snuneymuxw representatives on Nanaimo’s technical committee and city staff jointly recommended remediation of the lower dam by enlarging the spillway with a labyrinth design. The Snuneymuxw council unanimously adopted a motion to support the measure if the city decides to go ahead with it, and agreed the city, as operators of the dam, is ultimately responsible to comply with dam safety standards.

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