Musqueam Submission to the Expert Panel on the Review of Environmental Assessment ProcessesSubmitted By: Jaime Sanchez December 23, 2016
The Musqueam Indian Band has prepared this submission for the Expert Panel (“the Panel”) on the Federal environmental assessment (“EA”) process review (“the Federal EA Review”) with the hope and expectation that the Panel will deeply consider our recommendations for a new legal and procedural framework for conducting EA within our territory and across the country. This submission sets out in the subsequent section 13 key areas of concerns, and provides 38 recommendations for improving the federal EA process (See Appendix B).
We are a nation of nearly 1,400, with our main community located on the north arm of the Fraser River, adjacent to southwest Vancouver (See Appendix C: Musqueam Territory Map). Musqueam has managed the lands, water and resources of our territory for at least 8,000 years. When European newcomers first arrived in our territory in the late 1700s and early 1800s, they found our people - originally more than 30,000 in number - managing and benefiting from the abundance of our lands and waters, including but not limited to the immensely rich and diverse Fraser River delta.
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