Wednesday October 12, 2022


Nechako River First Nations want mining giant Rio Tinto to increase the water flow to the Nechako River.

Saik’uz, Stellat’en and Nadleh Whut’en First Nations along the Nechako River have expressed concerns about the low water in the river due to the Kenny Dam, which was built but Rio Tinto Alcan in the early 1950s.

Nechako translates to “Big River,”

But in an interview with APTN News, Saik’uz First Nation Chief Priscilla Mueller said the water is so low right now that people can walk to the middle of it.

“Our concern is that River flows are very low in the Nechako and have been since the Kenny Dam was built, and we just feel like not much has been done in even the eleven years since we started kind of investigating and looking into the river, “ she said.

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