Hope for dry dam ini­tia­tive

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The city is will­ing to join forces with the prov­ince to con­vince the Tsuut’ina Na­tion to re­con­sider their op­po­si­tion to the Spring­bank Dry Dam project — but ac­cord­ing to Mayor Na­heed Nen­shi a so­lu­tion may al­ready be on its way.

In March, the Tsuut’ina Na­tion made their op­po­si­tion to the project clear, al­leg­ing the gov­ern­ment hadn’t prop­erly ad­dressed con­cerns over the lack of con­sul­ta­tion, or con­sent, and the ef­fect the dam could have on their land.

“Ul­ti­mately, the con­ver­sa­tion is a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween our neigh­bours the Tsuut’ina Na­tion and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment,” said Nen­shi. “The city, as al­ways, is will­ing to be a help­ful part­ner in this.”

Nen­shi said they have an ex­cel­lent re­la­tion­ship with both the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment and the Tsuut’ina Na­tion.

“My lat­est un­der­stand­ing is that the con­ver­sa­tions are ac­tu­ally go­ing very well, and there’s a res­o­lu­tion in short sight,” said Nen­shi. “I hope that is the case.”

The mayor said the Spring­bank dam project is ex­tremely use­ful, not only for the City of Cal­gary, but also the Tsuut’ina peo­ple.

Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Parks Shan­non Phillips said the prov­ince is con­tin­u­ing to en­gage the Tsuut’ina stake­hold­ers on the project. She said she per­son­ally had a num­ber of in­ter­ac­tions be­fore the prov­ince de­cided to pro­ceed with the project.

“We’re very hope­ful that we will be able to re­solve any of the out­stand­ing con­cerns and move ahead with pro­tect­ing the city,” Phillips said. “It’s very im­por­tant for a mil­lion peo­ple who live here, many of whom are Tsuut’ina mem­bers.”

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