The Haisla Nation and BC government have reached a deal that the First Nation says will resolve a long-standing claim to a key part of Haisla territory.
The incremental treaty agreement will see about 120 hectares of Crown land between Kitamaat Village and Walth Reserve on the Douglas Channel returned to the Haisla, connecting the two communities.
Haisla Chief Councillor Ellis Ross says they’ve worked for 60 years to reacquire the lands which have great historical and cultural value.
Ross says the agreement will bring continuity to the communities as well as new housing and business opportunities.
Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad calls incremental treaty agreements a made-in-BC innovation that brings the benefits of treaty faster and advance long-term reconciliation.
The agreements provide for early transfer of land to First Nations ahead of final treaty agreements.