The B.C. government and the Tsilhqot’in National Government have signed a letter of intent (LOI) outlining the next steps for reconciliation discussions which include: additional time for Tsilhqot’in community engagement, a detailed assessment of immediate economic opportunities and expedited work to support moose recovery.
In a joint statement issued Wednesday the two sides said they are negotiating a broader reconciliation framework agreement that lays the foundation for comprehensive and lasting reconciliation, for promoting economic development and investment in Tsilhqot’in territory and for improving the social, cultural and economic well-being of the Tsilhqot’in people.
The LOI recognizes the need for immediate steps to continue to build the trust, confidence and commitment that will support the success of long-term reconciliation efforts.
The LOI underscores the importance of taking concrete action to improve Tsilhqot’in participation in the economy, and create jobs and new opportunities for Tsilhqot’in community members to support healthy Tsilhqot’in communities.
In the coming weeks, a joint working group, comprised of representatives from the Tsilhqot’in Nation and senior staff from provincial ministries, will begin to examine the potential of a restart of the River West Forest Products Mill at Anaham First Nation and review options for supporting feasible business options on the site.
The LOI supports the need for further community engagement within the Tsilhqot’in Nation about the broader reconciliation negotiations. Additionally, B.C. and the Tsilhqot’in Nation have agreed to work together to identify immediate measures to support the recovery of moose populations.