“This is a historic day to which our people have been working for generations. We have advanced all roads to true reconciliation,” said Warren Paull, head of the Sh-Sh-lh Nation. “Every step of the road we have sought to create an appropriate basis for the recognition of our governments, laws and jurisdiction, a true relationship between government and government, the protection of culture and our natural environment, and a real investment in economic growth. Today, this has been achieved through a whole new type of agreement that will benefit our nation and all those who live on our territory for decades to come. This is the first major reconciliation agreement between this provincial government and a First Nation. It is a progressive and collaborative approach to the implementation of the title and rights of Shshelh and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It is also a new model that overcomes some of the barriers that have been, in the past, causes of entry and conflict. The agreement provides for the transfer of three crown parcels adjacent to existing Shshelh lands for economic development, including gravel extraction, as well as for social and cultural purposes. Home “shishalh Nation and BC sign the pioneering B.C.
has worked with sh-shelh to actively involve industry stakeholders and local governments in the agreement. The basis of this agreement will lay the groundwork for a joint decision on land use in the Sheshelh region. It will establish land-use planning processes and effective consultation on resources, especially forestry, in the territory of Sheshelh and will mark the beginning of relations between cultures and communities,” Horgan said at the signing. Paull said the 25-year contract was based on a five-year extension. “We hope that 25 years is only the first part, because our idea is that we want to work with the Crown as long as they want to work with us.” B.C. allocates approximately $36 million to support land purchases and implementation costs. Funds for forestry implementation and initiatives will be distributed in the first five years of the Agreement, while both parties anticipate the evolution of the agreement to include other types of land and resource choices. After the signing, Simons told the Coast Reporter: “In 1986, the nation was the first to take self-management, and they are the first again. This is a novelty for the agreements between the government and the government, and both sides will ensure that the process works for all.
“This agreement is the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is in action as we make progress for reconciliation, self-determination and long-term economic prosperity for the Sheshelh nation and the entire region.