Two communities in the T?ilhqot’in Nation are saying “yes” – yes to clean energy solutions, yes to self-determined economic development and yes to a brighter, more sustainable future for their families and future generations.

Russell Myers Ross is chief of Yune?it’in (known in English as ‘Stone’ or ‘Stoney’) and Michelle Myers is from Xeni Gwet’in (known as Nemiah Valley), two communities in the T?ilhqot’in Nation, located in the interior of B.C. (about a six hour drive northeast of Vancouver). Both Ross and Myers are working hard to develop their local economy and manage its resources in a way that aligns with their values, culture and laws as T?ilhqot’in people.

Ross, who has been chief of his community for the past six years, sees the Dasiqox Tribal Park as a way for his people to actively exercise their rights and title rather than waiting to see whether the government will meet or fail in its duties to consult and accommodate.

For Michelle Myers, clean energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and run-of-river hydro are the types of projects her community can stand behind, different from Canada’s historical extractive industrial practices, which have either devastated or damaged some lands, waters and Indigenous ways of life.

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