B.C. inks deal with Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance

Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

British Columbia and the Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance, in the Cariboo, have signed a government-to-government agreement.

The agreement commits B.C. and the Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance to work on collaborative decision-making over land and resource management, increasing First Nations economic development and participation in the forest economy, improving consultation on resource development, and developing culture and wellness priorities.

“Our partnership with the Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance will promote trust-building and guide us in finding new ways of working, learning and collaborating together. British Columbia is committed to building an enduring partnership with the Southern Dakelh Nations, one that upholds their inherent rights and opens up new opportunities for their communities,” said Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, in a news release.

The Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance represents Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation, Lhtako Dené Nation, Nazko First Nation and Ulkatcho Nation, all based in the Cariboo.

“We are all in one canoe – we can either paddle together or sink together,” said Chief Stuart Alec, Nazko First Nation. “This agreement commits us to working together, deepening our partnership and relationship for the benefit of our youth, our elders and our communities.”