An agreement-in-principle has been signed that will see the federal government give five First Nations on southern Vancouver Island more than fifteen hundred hectares of Crown land and one hundred and forty two million dollars.
“The first modern treaty south of Vancouver Island in over 160 years.”
Mark Strahl, the Parliamentary Secretary for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, says the deal with the Te’mexw Treaty Association has been in the works 20 years.
“Every time there’s a new milestone, it has to go back to the communities themselves, to the provincial government, the federal government for approval, so the treaty process is not a quick process, as we know, but today is a good day –a culmination of a lot of effort from a lot of people to get to that agreement in principle.”
Strahl admits a final deal won’t likely be in place before the federal election.