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“B.C. Hydro’s plan is to flood our farm and destroy it. My grandpa chased the BC Hydro people away when they asked him to sell the farm decades ago to make way for Site C. I look out every day and see the same view that my grandpa saw when he was here. That sort of thing is priceless.”
Arlene Boon, third generation Peace Valley farmer

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Site C Dam

Site C Dam
Photo: Larry Peterson
Y2Y is working with partner organizations to stop the $8.75-billion Site C dam on British Columbia’s Peace River.

Y2Y continues to support partner organizations to stop the $8.75-billion Site C dam on British Columbia’s Peace River.    

What is the threat? 

Site C and its massive reservoir are in Y2Y’s Peace River Break (PRB) priority area, at the narrowest point in the entire Yellowstone-to-Yukon region. Industrial development here is expanding so rapidly that it exceeds the pace of development in Alberta’s oil sands.  

If completed, the Site C dam would flood more than 62 miles (100 kilometres) of wildlife-rich valley bottom, including some of B.C.’s best farmland. It will force families from their homes, and farmers and ranchers from their land. The impact on the region’s First Nations is incalculable, and the subject of a Supreme Court of Canada challenge by the West Moberly First Nation. 

A joint federal-provincial review panel analyzed the project’s harmful impacts. According to the panel, Site C would:  
  • have such significant impact that only an “unambiguous” need for power can justify the project. BC Hydro had not fully demonstrated that need.  
  • significantly disrupt the current use of land and resources for traditional purposes by Indigenous groups  
  • destroy wetlands that support migratory bird flocks  
  • have “significant adverse effects” on fish habitat  
  • imperil the survival of mountain whitefish, bull trout and Arctic grayling  
The dam was approved in 2014 despite the panel’s conclusions.  

Moose. Image Paul Horsley
The Site C Dam will significantly add to the industrial development that is already reducing wildlife mobility in the Peace River region. Image Paul Horsely
Where is there hope? 

The movement to stop Site C continues. We continue to work with a variety of groups to challenge construction of the Site C dam, including actively support the Treaty 8 First Nations’ legal efforts.

What we are doing 

The fight against Site C has been through many stages. Currently, Y2Y is focused on supporting the West Moberly First Nation, including on their pending case before the Supreme Court of Canada.  If successful the case has the potential to stop construction of Site C and require restoration of the Peace River Valley from construction impacts to date. 

Among other initiatives we have:

  • Commissioned a report and presented to the Joint Review Panel a scientific assessment of the impacts of Site C on wildlife habitat and movement;
  • Successfully nominated the Peace River to be declared B.C.'s Most Endangered River by the B.C. Outdoor Recreation Council;
  • Funded and supported our partners, who are also raising awareness to stop the dam.
Stop Site C. Image: Sarah Cox
Image: Sarah Cox

We continue to collaborate with First Nations, environmental groups, outfitters, farmers, researchers, Peace Valley landowners and other concerned individuals to challenge construction of the Site C  Dam, including active support for the Treaty 8 First Nations’ legal cases

How can you help? 

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Who are we working with?

  • West Moberly First Nations 
  • RAVEN Trust   
  • Peace Valley residents and landowners   
  • Peace Valley Environment Association   
  • Sierra Club BC   

GET THE LATEST: Site C News

Open letter to Canada and B.C. from Treaty 8 First Nations regarding Site C

— Posted on May 08, 2018 09:47 AM in: General News

Organizations call for suspension of Site C dam; new website launches to monitor court challenge.

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What next? Restoring Peace against the odds: Opinion

— Posted on Jan 15, 2018 09:53 AM in: Y2Y in the News
What next? Restoring Peace against the odds: Opinion

Rita Wong discusses the future of the Peace River region following the Site C dam decision. | National Observer, Jan. 12, 2018

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Site C: What's the big dam deal?

— Posted on Nov 20, 2017 02:28 PM in: Y2Y in the News
Site C: What's the big dam deal?

Massive hydroelectric generating station is a balancing act between jobs, energy production and environmental, cultural trade offs

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Wood Buffalo receives worst conservation outlook for World Heritage Sites in Canada

— Posted on Nov 15, 2017 10:30 AM in: Media Releases
Wood Buffalo receives worst conservation outlook for World Heritage Sites in Canada

Indigenous communities and conservation groups call for Canada to take appropriate action on this national park.

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BCUC's Site C dam report released

— Posted on Nov 03, 2017 07:37 AM in: Y2Y in the News
BCUC's Site C dam report released

At 9 minutes, Candace Batycki discusses Site C's environmental impacts following the release of BC Utilities Commission report. | CBC Vancouver's On the Coast, Nov. 1, 2017

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