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.
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.
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.