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Salmon key issue for modern Columbia River Treaty

Our region’s First Nation says a more modern Columbia River Treaty is needed that reflects 21st century issues.

Chair of the Ktunaxa Nation Council Kathryn Teneese is speaking to this week’s call by religious and indigenous leaders for Canada and the US to negotiate a treaty that rights the wrongs of 50 years ago.

She says for one thing there was no discussion in the 1960’s about restoring salmon up the river.


The US wants the salmon issue at the table but the BC government does not.

It argues the Grand Coulee dam built in the 1930’s is what stopped the species’ migration – not the Columbia River Treaty dams

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