Cheslatta sign restitution agreements with provincial government

The Cheslatta Carrier Nation has reached agreements with the provincial government to provide restitution and redress for impacts from the creation of the Nechako Reservoir, the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation said Wednesday.

At a private ceremony in Victoria on March 28, Chief Corrina Leween and Councillors Ted Jack and Hazel Burt of Cheslatta Nation, along with Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, signed a settlement agreement and an interim reconciliation agreement.

The settlement agreement had received unanimous support from the 60 per cent of Cheslatta members who participated in a ratification vote on March 14.

It provides payments to Cheslatta over a 10-year period and a commitment from B.C. to future land transfers and tenures as proposed by the Cheslatta. A period of engagement with neighbouring First Nations and stakeholders will proceed before final land parcels can be determined.

In return, the agreement constitutes a full and final settlement of Cheslatta claims against B.C. related to impacts of the Nechako Reservoir on their rights and title interests, the ministry said.

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