The North Columbia Environmental Society is pleased to present a night of film and panel discussion about the Columbia River and the Treaty.
Two Film screening; 30 min each
History of the Columbia River Treaty (A film by the Columbia Basin Trust)
Treaty talks: A journey up the Columbia River for people and salmon (by Xander Demetrios & Adam Wicks-Arshack
Panel discussion with:
Loni Parker (Director for Rural Revelstoke, Columbia Shuswap Regional District Board) will talk about the Treaty negotiations.
Cathy English (Curator, Revelstoke Museum and Archives) will talk about the history of the flooding
Ryan Gill (Wildlife biologist, Cooper, Beauchesne and Associates) will talk about the ecosystem from a bird and wildlife perspective.
The Columbia River Treaty and the 14 dams constructed on the river fundamentally changed the Columbia River ecosystem. The dams prevented anadromous salmon from spawning up the river, depriving plants and living creatures of the upper Columbia of an important source of nutrients. The construction of Keenleyside Dam near Castlegar in the 1960s submerged irreplaceable indigenous artifacts and burial grounds and flooded out hundreds of farms and historic towns such as Arrowhead south of Revelstoke. With the dam, Revelstoke lost most of an entire industry: agriculture.
Environmental and indigenous concerns and the rights of farmers who lost their land to flooding were never part of the original Columbia River Treaty. Now the treaty is being renegotiated and efforts are being made to bring these values into the negotiations.