All members of McBride Council attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Charlie Leake Airport Access Road culvert on Friday July 15, 2022. The new culvert at Shelby creek is three metres wide to mitigate flooding and washout, improve and protect fish habitat, and work alongside other airport related projects. The project was made possible with funding from the MInistry of Transportation and Infrastructure through the BC Air Access Program. The McBride representatives were joined by several members from the Lheidli T’enneh Nation. /ANDREA ARNOLD

By Andrea Arnold

Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dolleen Logan and five other representatives spent the day in McBride on Friday July 15, 2022. They arrived late morning and spent a bit of time exploring the community before heading into an afternoon meeting the McBride Council.

While the Lheidli T’enneh representatives were in town, they visited the Valley Archives and Museum where they checked out the history of Highyway 16 display “Are we there yet?” and the Community Market to sample local treats. They attended the ribbon cutting for the Charlie Leake Airport Road culvert project before returning to the community hall for lunch and the meeting with Council

“Our meeting with McBride Mayor and Council was very helpful in realizing that our two communities face similar challenges,” said Chief Logan. “We both have a need for more housing. We both want a sustainable forest industry and healthy forests. We also share similar concerns about declining fish stocks in the Fraser River system. Our nation has enjoyed a positive relationship with McBride for many years and we look forward to working together in the future.”