April, 28, 2014 - Ottawa, ON - Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Legislation was introduced today in the House of Commons to ratify the Tla’amin Final Agreement, reinforcing the Government’s commitment to find common solutions through negotiation and move forward together in a spirit of partnership and reconciliation. With unanimous support from all parties, the bill was passed at all stages in the House of Commons.
The Tla’amin Final Agreement is the fourth final agreement to be reached under the British Columbia treaty process, and gives the First Nation more control over land and resources, as well as self-government over their lands, resources and members. Once in effect, the Tla’amin Final Agreement will provide certainty with respect to the Tla’amin Nation’s Aboriginal rights, including title, providing economic benefits to the First Nation.
“Once this Final Agreement is in effect, the Tla’amin Nation will benefit from increased control over their own affairs while being removed from significant parts of the Indian Act. Going forward, the Tla’amin Nation will have certainty over the ownership of land and resources, the ability to create new investment opportunities and ultimately, to make decisions determining their economic future. The British Columbia treaty process is delivering results, and our government will continue to work with First Nations in British Columbia to conclude treaties in the best interests of all Canadians.”
- Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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