The area where the memorandum of understanding was signed is the site of a former paper and pulp mill.
The Tla’amin Nation and the state government have signed an agreement to further economic reconciliation and environmental stewardship of the Powell River area.
The memorandum of understanding, signed on Friday (27 October), aims to commit to working together towards the future of the Tiscat site. It aims to recognize the historical and contemporary social, cultural and economic importance of the former mill site to the Tla’amin people.
This site was once a major Tla’amin settlement and is currently the site of a former pulp and paper mill.
The signing was witnessed by the oldest and youngest living Tla’amin members “to symbolize the destructive legacy and intergenerational opportunity that both governments recognize,” according to a state government statement. It is said that it was done.
“The Tla’amin people have deep ties to the land, but they have been forced out of their villages to make room for industry, without any say in the development of the land or any economic benefits.” said Prime Minister David Eby.
“Through this agreement, we are committed to working together to right the wrongs of the past and create environmental and economic benefits for the Tla’amin people, surrounding communities, and the province as a whole. It is part of our commitment to modern treaty countries to build relationships that are dynamic, evolve and improve over time.”
Tla’amin Hegus John Hackett said this was a once-in-150-year opportunity “to achieve some level of reconciliation.”
“We must manage our aging infrastructure responsibly and create new opportunities so that future generations are not burdened with a harmful legacy. Tisquat is our home. This Memorandum of Understanding is a powerful symbol of the province’s commitment to working differently with Tla’amin to ensure maximum local benefit.”
The MoU focuses on three areas of cooperation: environmental management, economic development, and Tla’amin’s long-term goal of land repossession. Through it, the country and state plan to maintain a multi-agency, intergovernmental forum to address Tla’amin’s interests in Tisquat.
Tla’amin conducted significant due diligence regarding environmental responsibilities, site management requirements, and economic opportunities for the site. We also have certain active claims filed in Canada on the tiskʷat site.
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