Symposium to address transportation options on Highway 16 corridor

Transportation options available between Prince Rupert and Prince George will be the focus of a symposium planned for Smithers next month.

Transportation options available between Prince Rupert and Prince George will be the focus of a symposium planned for Smithers next month.

The First Nations Health Authority and the Ministry of Transportation are partnering to host the Nov. 24 event, which will include representatives from 23 First Nations along Highway 16.

“This symposium will build on the work we’ve done to date as we continue to engage First Nations to find practical, affordable and sustainable solutions for the communities along the Highway 16 corridor,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.

“I’m confident that, through our partnership with the First Nations Health Authority, and the information and ideas gathered at the symposium, we will be able to develop a vision for a community-based transportation model that is supported by First Nations and municipal communities along the Highway 16 corridor.”

The symposium will follow a survey of current transportation options available along the highway, the results of which will form the basis of discussion at the gathering.

“Safe and affordable medical transportation for First Nations along the Highway 16 corridor is our goal” said First Nations Health Authority chief operating officer Richard Jock.

“The FNHA assumed responsibility for medical transportation in 2013 and we look forward to working with First Nations, government and other partners to create new models which address transportation along the Highway 16 corridor in a more fundamental way.”

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