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A major deal and a little hockey

BC Hydro's Chris O’Riley (right) and B.C. Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong (left) with Kwadacha Chief Donny Van Somer (middle).

On a recent trip to Fort Ware, British Columbia, BC Hydro's Chris O’Riley  and B.C. Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong played hockey with members of the Kwadacha Nation, including Chief Donny Van Somer.

The game was part of a community celebration to mark the signing of a final agreement between the Kwadacha, BC Hydro and the Province that addresses historic damages from the creation and operation of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and Williston Reservoir.

As a result of the settlement, Kwadacha First Nation is undertaking a comprehensive plan to address housing shortages and improve living standards in the community of Fort Ware. Kwadacha has already started building a new arena for their community and are in the preliminary stages of planning a guide outfitting company with an eco-tourism focus.

Read about this historic agreement