Thursday, February 29, 2024

Kitsumkalum First Nation, Prince Rupert Port Authority sign Relationship Agreement

Kitsumkalum First Nation Chief Don Roberts, Chief Alex Bolton and
Prince Rupert Port Authority CEO and President Shaun Stevenson
have announced the start of a new
 Relationship Agreement
(image from PRPA)

A foundation towards how the Prince Rupert Port Authority and Kitsumkalum First Nation will move forward on relationship building has been put in place, with the two sides announcing the successful completion of a Relationship Agreement.

Through an information release this morning, the PRPA announced the background to the agreement which was reached last year.

The agreement was finalized as part of a signing ceremony attended by Port officials, PRPA Board members and the Kitsumkalum community.

Don Roberts, Chief of Kitsumkalum outlined how the agreement will define the relationship moving forward.

“The Port operates on lands and waters within Tsimshian Territory and this agreement will build on Kitsumkalum’s role in the economy of the Port and provide for collaborative strategic planning and management of the lands and resources in a way that recognizes and respects our respective rights, values, and interests.”

For the Prince Rupert Port Authority, President and CEO Shaun Stevenson noted how it reflects the shared vision of both parties for the future.

“This agreement symbolizes a significant milestone for PRPA and the partnership that we continue to build with Kitsumkalum. Our purpose at PRPA is to build a better Canada – and by extension, better communities – by growing trade. We work with Indigenous communities to ensure our joint values are reflected in a shared vision for the future.”

There were no details released today towards how the agreement will work, or what elements may  be put in place for the Kitsumkalum First Nation as a result of the signing.

More notes related to Port development across the Northwest can be reviewed here

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