National News

B.C. First Nation, government ink revenue deal

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government has now signed its 150th forestry revenue-sharing agreement with a provincial First Nations.

Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad says the latest agreement is with the Seabird Island Band from the Fraser Valley community of Agassiz, B.C.

The Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement ensures a portion of provincial revenues from forestry activities on the band's traditional territory supports social and economic development.

Rustad says the agreement helps First Nations participate in economic development and bring benefits to aboriginal communities.

Seabird Island Band Chief Clem Seymour says the deal opens doors for relationship building and to create longer-term certainty in working with government.

The B.C. government says it's the first province to share revenue from mining, forestry and other resources with the province's First Nations.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Community Events, September 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 16 edition online now. Browse the archives.