first_img“The Valley and its significance to the Treaty 8 First Nations is irreplaceable and the construction of the Site C Dam would be the final nail in the coffin to its already fragile ecosystem, which supports the First Nation people who have lived in this region for at least 500 generations,” writes Treaty 8 Tribal Association.The Peace River Valley is a part of the Treaty 8 landscape – acting as a school, church, pharmacy and grocery store.The story is told that in 2014, Shawn Bigfoot, a Prophet River First Nation member, found the horse bone around a gravel pit along the banks of Peace River.- Advertisement -“The Peace River Valley is home to a tremendous number of First Nations archaeological deposits and cultural sites that date back to the end of the last ice age,” the association writes. “These values are complemented by diverse and prolific paleontological resources found there as well.”At first, Mr. Bigfoot was unsure of what he found.“After Shawn found the bone, he contacted me and told me of his find; he said it looks very old,” the association quotes Diane Bigfoot, Shawn’s mother, as saying. “I decided to take the bone to Treaty 8 and see if we could get it identified. We just did not realize at the time, we were holding a piece of history 30,000 years old.”Advertisement Confirmation of the age of the bone and its species of origin, through radio carbon dating and analysis, was completed with the assistance of archaeologist Dr. Jon Driver from Simon Fraser University, according to the association.The communities of Prophet River First Nation, West Moberly First Nations and McLeod Lake Indian Band are in B.C. Supreme Court today arguing their opposition to Site C.last_img