Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

October 21, 2007 23:03 ET

Statement by the Honourable Chuck Strahl on the Ratification Vote on Maa-nulth First Nations Final Agreement

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2007) - The following statement was released by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians:

"I would like to congratulate the members of the Maa-nulth First Nations, their leaders and Lead Negotiator Gary Yabsley, on the successful ratification of the Maa-nulth First Nations Final Agreement.

Now that all five First Nations have approved the Agreement, it will now be subject to ratification in the provincial legislature and federal Parliament before it can come into effect.

This treaty will create certainty around the Maa-nulth First Nations' rights to lands and resources, and provide a solid foundation for a new relationship between the First Nations and other governments. It will also bring significant benefits to the west coast of Vancouver Island and surrounding areas.

This is a significant achievement for the Maa-nulth First Nations and a major advancement in the process of settling land claims in British Columbia. It demonstrates that working together to find common solutions at the negotiating table is the best way to resolve these important issues."

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  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Philippe Mailhot
    Press Secretary