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Agreement with B.C. expands Haisla lands

A land transfer agreement with the province supports new cultural, social and economic opportunities for the Haisla Nation, while advancing reconciliation with the First Nation.

John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and Ellis Ross, Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation, celebrated an incremental treaty agreement today in Kitamaat Village.
John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and Ellis Ross, Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation, celebrated an incremental treaty agreement today in Kitamaat Village.

The province introduced incremental treaty agreements to help speed up the treaty process by building goodwill among parties and bringing the benefits of treaty faster to First Nations. These agreements also provide increased certainty on the land base and with natural resource development.

Under the agreement, approximately 120 hectares of Crown land will be transferred to the Haisla. The land lies between Kitamaat Village and Walth reserve on the Douglas Channel, and will connect the two reserves.

The land lies in the heart of the Haisla Nation territory and will support the community’s goal of expanding housing, commercial and public space for its members, and opening new business opportunities.

The agreement continues the productive relationship between the Haisla Nation and B.C., which is furthering economic development opportunities and improving social conditions.

The Haisla agreement is the 18th incremental treaty agreement in B.C.


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