New protocol supports development

A new agreement between the provincial government and local First Nations may bring greater prosperity for the North Island.

  • Dec. 22, 2011 8:00 a.m.

A new agreement between the provincial government and local First Nations may bring greater prosperity for the North Island.

The North Island Regional Protocol Agreement will involve five Kwakwaka’wakw nations  — members of the Nanwakolas Council — in jointly coordinating resource development while at the same time taking the social and cultural well-being of the communities into account.

One result that has already taken place is a negotiated forestry schedule that will give the five nations access to 92,450 cubic meters of timber in licenses.

The Nanwakolas Council Society is a group of eight Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations on Northern Vancouver Island and the mid-coast that joined forces in 2007 to work collaboratively on land and marine resource use, management and planning issues and responses to provincial government resource development  referrals.

The protocol also lays out specific guidelines for local governments to inform and involve local First Nations that may be affected by economic and political developments.

Opinions suggest providing a reliable and consistent framework for development involving local first nations will encourage investors and developers to locate their projects in BC.

“It can be beneficial to all of us,” said Port McNeill Mayor Gerry Furney.

“These agreements support development that is guided by the mutual interests of the First Nations, B.C. and local  municipalities,” he said.

“I congratulate the province and the Nanwakolas council on reaching an agreement that will support a sustainable economy and jobs, while at the same time ensuring environmental and cultural protection.”

Although the agreement is in its beginning stages, it’s the next in a series of other cooperation and reconciliation agreements between the province and other nations including the Haida and Haisla.

“They want to get along with their neighbors,” said Furney.

 

Just Posted

Second annual Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce golf tournament

Golf Holes #2 and #6 are Hole-in-One opportunities, each with a cash prize of $25,000!

No taxes paid by Neucel, Doug Bondue Arena in Port Alice closes

“Neucel owes us a million dollars and it’s pretty hard to stay status quo when you’re short a million.”

Dragonboat society requests new location for 80 square foot storage shed in McNeill

“Part of my concern for using lot B is that it could become a parking lot for them…”

Klatt a force on the field – helps Bantam A Tyee’s win provincials

David Klatt played in every game last weekend down in Nanaimo.

Port McNeill releases in-depth Beach Drive landslide report

“It’s very positive,” said the town’s Public Works Foreman Julian Allen.

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

Police chiefs call for stricter controls on pill presses to fight opioids

Canada’s police chiefs are urging Ottawa to beef up its fight against the opioid scourge by closely vetting people who import pill presses

Victoria police say explicit calls continue to target women

Over 50 reports of unwanted, sexually explicit calls have come in

‘It’s like a party in your mouth’

B.C. creator’s Milkshake Burger makes its debut at the PNE

Vehicle catches fire near Vancouver Island provincial park

Fire shut down Highway 4 in both directions

Get involved in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

Environmental organization develops app to help with the nationwide count

Pesticides linked to bee deaths will be phased out in Canada, sources say

Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are a class of pesticides used by farmers and hobby gardeners alike

Most Read