Today, the Province and the Tahltan Nation took a significant step forward in the conversation around land-use for the Klappan with the release of the Klappan Strategic Initiative Technical Report.
To better understand the unique cultural, ecological and economical values of the area, the two parties jointly developed this technical report. The report provides a basis of understanding to help guide government-to-government land use planning discussions.
Government and the Tahltan Nation are working together to find a balanced solution between development and protection in this important area of the province. They are now seeking public input in this process.
Comments will be accepted until Feb. 16, 2015, at www.env.gov.bc.ca/main/ksi and will be considered as part of the final report.
This community engagement and consultation is a key part of the Klappan Strategic Initiative (KSI). Announced in September 2013, the KSI reaffirms the commitment of both the Province and the Tahltan Central Council to continue to foster an effective, respectful and enduring relationship, with a collaborative approach to land and resource issues.
The Klappan is approximately 150 kilometres south-east of Dease Lake. The area includes the headwaters of the Nass, Stikine and Skeena rivers.
Mary Polak, Environment Minister -
“Through our government-to-government agreement with the Tahltan, we are engaging with all British Columbians, First Nations, communities and industry on long-term land use in the Klappan. We are working together to strike a balance between protecting important values of the area and creating economic benefits.”
Chad Day, president, Tahltan Central Council -
“The Klappan is an area in Tahltan territory that holds cultural, environmental and sacred values for Tahltan people. We will continue to work towards the highest standards of stewardship for this region to ensure these lands are protected for future generations.”
Ministry of Environment
Tahltan Central Council