Friday, July 12, 2013

Colliery Dams Facilitator Appointed

City of Nanaimo and Snuneymuxw First Nation Announce Appointment of Facilitator to Assist on Colliery Dams 

The City of Nanaimo and Snuneymuxw First Nation are happy to announce the appointment of Katherine Gordon as a facilitator to assist with the 30 day consultation period regarding the Colliery Dams. Ms. Gordon is an experienced facilitator who has worked on matters for the City of Nanaimo and Snuneymuxw First Nation previously, and has a wide-range of knowledge on local matters.

“We are very pleased Katherine is available to assist us with this matter,” said Mayor John Ruttan of the City of Nanaimo. “We think her expertise will help bring clarity and transparency to this complex matter,” he added.

“The appointment of a facilitator is an important step in trying to bring some resolution to the public dialogue that has taken place,” said Chief Douglas White III of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. “I look forward to working with Katherine as she reaches out to the public, the Province, and DFO,” he added.

The goal of the facilitation will be to gather relevant information, hear perspectives, and work to build on common interests towards a collaborative outcome. Both the City of Nanaimo and Snuneymuxw hope to be on a joint pathway concerning the future of the Colliery Dams by the end of the process. An important part of the process will be engagement with interested citizen groups, and Ms. Gordon will be reaching out to local stakeholders in the near future.


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