Chief Roland Willson, West Moberly First Nations
Roland Willson is the Chief of the West Moberly Lake First Nations located in North-Eastern BC, currently finishing his 7th consecutive elected term, (21 years in total). He has been involved in the legal protection of Treaty Rights under Treaty # 8, Relationship Building Agreements, MOU’s, EBA’s with the Province and Canada as well as Impact Benefit Agreements with Industry for his community. In the Treaty-8 Territory of BC, the First Nations are faced with massive resource extraction challenges from Forestry, Oil and Gas, Mining, large scale Hydro Electric facilities, Pipelines, Windfarms as well as Agricultural development, all the while struggling to keep the balance between development, economic and business opportunities. While ensuring the protection of the Treaty Rights and Self-Preservation of his Nation to be able to carry on a Promised Way of Life guaranteed under the Provisions of Treaty #8.
Dr. Gilles Wendling has near 30 years of experience in hydrogeology consulting. He completed his Ph.D. in 1991. He has been involved in over 1,000 projects as a consultant and has worked for several consulting firms. Early in his career, he dealt both with contaminated groundwater and drinking water. Then he focused more specifically on water supply, aquifer characterisation, and watershed management and protection. Dr. Wendling started his own firm, GW Solutions, in 2005 in order to have the freedom to focus on water supply and watershed protection.
You are invited...
Join West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson, together with geotechnical expert Gilles Wendling for a conversation about the risks of Site C Dam, and the rationale behind the campaign to stop the project based on assertion of Indigenous Treaty rights.
The event promises to offer insight into the 'unsafe' part of this project and the slippery slope that has led to the necessity of First Nations launching legal action to protect the Peace.