First Nations bands sign agreement

A memorandum of understanding formalizes a working relationship between the Splatsin and the Shuswap Indian Band.

A memorandum of understanding formalizes a working relationship between the Splatsin and  the Shuswap Indian Band.

The agreement will focus on territorial matters of mutual interest.

“We already have strong and ancient kinship ties and by working together, we will strengthen the social and economic fabric of our communities,” said Wayne Christian, Splatsin chief.

The formal arrangement will include annual work plans and a resource sharing model for projects in the shared area.

“As a leader of my community, what is most important about this day is that our communities are taking a first, decisive step toward restoring long-standing relationships that can be carried forward by our children to those yet to be born,” said Barb Cote, Shuswap chief.

“Today, we move forward in collaboration toward a future where our communities are healthy, economically independent and culturally vibrant,” added Christian.