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Pacheedaht tells CRD to stay out of its business – Times Colonist

May 14, 2021

The Pacheedaht First Nation says the Capital Regional District should mind its own business when it comes to forest resources on their traditional territory.

A motion led by Victoria Coun. Ben Isitt and supported by other directors recommending the CRD call on the province to protect old-growth stands in the Fairy Creek area near Port Renfrew didn’t get to a vote during Wednesday’s CRD board meeting.

Isitt tried to amend the motion, which he filed a month earlier, by removing all references to the Pacheedaht and Fairy Creek, and using more generic terms about supporting a transition away old-growth logging.

Isitt said Thursday he changed the wording after the CRD received a terse letter from the Pacheedaht saying it did not welcome the “unsolicited interference or involvement” from the region’s governing body. He will introduce the new motion at the next meeting.

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