VOGA calls for N’Quatqua government 

By Cindy Filipenko

The N’Quatqua Band’s annual general meeting has fueled the fire between the Voices of the Old Growth Alliance and the band’s chief and council.

According to a statement released by the Voices of the Old Growth Alliance, a motion was passed calling for the resignation of key N’Quatqua officials, including Chief Harry O’Donaghey, at the Oct. 21 AGM.

VOGA was the group responsible for last spring’s blocking of Portage Road to draw attention to the proposed logging of CP16, an 80 ha. parcel of land above Anderson Lake. At that time, and in subsequent legal actions, VOGA maintained that the band’s government had entered into logging agreements without adequate community consultation.Q

The group managed to secure an injunction against the N’Quatqua Logging Company, preventing the company from proceeding with the logging until a referendum could be held.

In a statement released Oct. 23, VOGA claims that two motions were passed at the 13-hour Oct. 21 meeting. The first motion called for the resignation of the chief, one council member and the band’s administrator, with a second motion calling for a follow-up band meeting to “review and discuss healthy leadership and terms of re-election.”

But according to the band’s executive assistant, Lisa Tjelta, no official motions were passed at the AGM.

In its statement, VOGA also commented on the current status of CP16, alleging that the Ministry of Forests has agreed to compensate the band for the $140,000 in development costs. Members of VOGA interpreted this news as cancellation of the proposed CP16 harvest activity.

Tjelta had no comment on the alleged compensation from the ministry, saying that, as a financial matter, it was confidential band business.

Representatives from VOGA could not be reached to substantiate their claims.

To date there has been no resolution to the legal issues surrounding CP16.

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