No news is good news regarding Canadian/American negotiations regarding the Columbia River Treaty.
The provincial government in a media release Monday said on Dec. 9, 2021, Canada and the U.S. conducted the 11th round of negotiations on modernizing the Columbia River Treaty.
The media release said during this round, negotiators discussed ecosystem priorities, post-2024 flood risk management and Canada's "flexibility" concept.
“On behalf of Canada, Canadian Columbia Basin Indigenous Nations made a presentation to the U.S. about ongoing ecosystem studies and analysis, as did U.S. federal agencies and tribal advisors similarly presenting to Canada. B.C. led a discussion about increasing flexibility in the treaty,” the release said.
The provincial government said this session expanded the conversation around each country's key interests, building on proposals for a modernized agreement that were tabled by Canada and the U.S. during the two rounds of talks in 2020.
The next round of negotiations will take place on Jan. 10, 2022.