Doig River Chief emphasizes cooperation with industry at BC Natural Resources Forum

By Edward Hitchins  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Doig River First Nation Chief Trevor Makadahay spoke of cooperation with industry as a keynote speaker during the BC Natural Resources Forum, which took place in Prince George from January 17th to 19th. Presenting on the conference’s final day, Makadahay pointed out Doig River’s rich energy history. Oil and gas exploration on the territory started over 70 years ago, with the first wells drilled at Boundary Lake. Makdahay also discussed the initial challenges he experienced when becoming a Doig River First Nation administrator. “As the land manager in 1996, I was told, `Here’s a job, a pile of letters, find your budget as we have no money.”’ Makadahay said. “That is when my vision of revenue sharing began.” Makadahay continued by stating that…

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