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Kitselas and Kitsumkalum sign Agreements-in-Principle

Kitselas and Kitsumkalum sign Agreements-in-Principle

Two First Nations in northwest BC reached another milestone in the BC Treaty Process.
Both the Kitselas and the Kitsumkalem signed of Agreements-in-Principle Tuesday.
BC Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad and Kitselas Chief Joe Bevan signed the AIP during a ceremony in Gitaus.

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The agreement provides for over 31,000 hectares of land east of Terrace and the transfer of almost $35 million.
But Chief Negotiator Mel Bevan pointed out to those gathered, it’s not about the money.

The deal also covers governance, taxes and resources such as forestry, wildlife and water.
Rustad and Kitsumkalum Chief Don Roberts also participated in a signing ceremony for the Agreement in Principle in Kitsumkalum.

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The agreement provides over 45,000 hectares of land north and west of Terrace and the transfer of $44.2 million once the Final agreement is reached.
Kitsumkalum Chief Negotiator Alec Bolton says it’s been a long road as the Kitsumkalum entered the modern-day treaty process in 1993.
Bolton urged both the Federal and Provincial governments to move quickly to work toward a final agreement.

The Agreement in Principle is the fourth stage of the 6-stage BC Treaty Process.
With the AIPs signed, Final Agreement negotiations can begin.

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