Snuneymuxw First Nation and B.C. advance reconciliation through new agreements
September 20, 2020
Over the past couple of years, I've updated you periodically on the progress of important negotiations between our Nation and the Province of British Columbia.
Today, on behalf of Chief and Council, I am honoured to share with you that our Nation has signed a Reconciliation Implementation Framework Agreement and a Land Transfer Agreement. These two agreements combined serve to recognize our Snuneymuxw rights, implement our Snuneymuxw Treaty of 1854, and return over 3,000 hectares of our traditional territory back to us. The land coming back to us is located in the Mount Benson and Mount McKay areas. Almost two years ago, Premier John Horgan gave me a commitment to get these agreements done providing stability and predictability in the region. I am proud of all the work that has taken place to get us to this historic day. These two agreements combined are amongst the largest comprehensive reconciliation agreements in B.C that will breathe life through the generations.
I want to acknowledge that this day is made possible by the leadership of our people for many generations. These lands that are being returned to us are important to Snuneymuxw culture and way of life. Our children and grandchildren are reassured that our identity, Nation and lands are recognized and supported by all.
Snuneymuxw continues to be very clear. Through recognition of Snuneymuxw rights and respect for Snuneymuxw People, collaborative and cooperative partnerships will flourish and strengthen the economy. Our Nation looks forward to further stimulating economic growth, fostering equitable partnerships and supporting our people with equal access to employment, education, housing, health care and much more.
As we celebrate this historic day, I am mindful of Snuneymuxw families who are in sorrow. With a strong heart and a strong mind, we will get through it, together.
Congratulations Snuneymuxw on the great achievement!
Chief Mike Wyse
Snuneymuxw First Nation
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