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Province and Lake Babine Nation agree to develop a 25-year roadmap to reconciliation

The provincial government and the third largest Aboriginal band in B.C. have agreed to develop a 25-year roadmap to reconciliation.

Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad and Lake Babine Chief Wilf Adam signed the agreement Monday. (Credit: B.C. Government)

Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad and Lake Babine Chief Wilf Adam today signed an agreement that commits both sides to negotiating a Foundation Agreement — a 25-year framework to incrementally resolve land claims and clarify respective governance and decision-making.

The agreement will strengthen Lake Babine’s participation in the regional forest economy by finding new ways for the First Nation to work with the province and forest sector through development of a regional forestry forum.

Rustad calls the agreement a key step to developing a new approach to reconciliation, providing First Nations and industry the certainty they need to reach new partnerships, and for the province to take on tough title and governance issues.

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