Fort St. James Council Meeting: June 8

Fort St. James Council held a meeting on June 8. The following are some highlights and conclusions from that evening:

  • Jun. 15, 2016 8:00 a.m.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

Fort St. James Council held a meeting on June 8. The following are some highlights and conclusions from that evening:

A student from Fort St. James Secondary School, Hargina Birdi, presented information regarding an upcoming trip to Beijing, China. Birdi, one of 18 students from B.C. is the only one from Fort St. James chosen to attend the international student culture exchange program hosted by the B.C. Council for International Education.

Birdi is looking forward learning about a new culture and sharing her Canadian culture in China.

Shirley Moon presented on behalf of the Nechako Valley Regional Cattlemen’s Association.

The beef industry is the second largest industry in the Nechako Valley next to forestry. There are currently 163 members from this area who are members.

The Association is all about preserving the cattle industry and ensuring that a sustainable cattle industry provides long term stability for families and the economy of the Nechako Lakes.

Moon discussed the importance of fiber supply to the cattle producers of the region and how shavings benefit cattle in many ways from bedding and in reducing the risk of contamination of meat.

A long term supply of fibre is necessary and the Association is currently trying to find ways to secure a long term supply.

An outside Worker’s agreement in Fort St. James has been reached. District’s approval is the last step before agreement will be implemented.

Prince George is asking that Fort St. James support their bid to host the BC Summer Games in either 2020 or 2022.

About 3,700 young athletes will compete in 20 sports over four days.

Regional District of Bulkley Nechako First Responder Statistics was discussed. From January 1 – March 31, 2016, Police received 109 calls, the Fire Dept. received 6 calls,  there were 50 medical calls and 72 calls considered abandoned.

B.C Cancer Agency’s new digital mammography vehicle will begin summer tours for women in Northern B.C.

Planning is underway for Nak’azdli Whut’en’s 30th Annual General Assembly which will be held on July 12 – 14. The assembly is an opportunity for Nak’Azdli Band members to meet and discuss concerns and celebrate the successes of the past year.

They have asked the District of Fort St. James to become an elite sponsor for this event.