‘This is the way forward’: First Nations hail new deal with B.C. government

Financial Post | Business

VANCOUVER — Stopping undesirable resource development in B.C.’s Fraser Canyon used to involve blockading trains, but that has changed for a cluster of First Nations with a former “history of battles” that now just wants to get down to business.

Five Interior First Nations governed by the Nkala’pamux Nation Tribal Council signed an agreement Wednesday with the province giving them a seat on a new decision-making board involving business in their territory.

The agreement underscores a shift in how First Nations, the provincial government and industry in B.C. are approaching resource and revenue sharing in recognition of the difficult and slow-moving treaty process.

First Nations people are moving away from the militant tactics of yesteryear to gain a voice when they have an issue, said Grand Chief Robert Pasco, who represents the council.

“We’ve had our day, we’ve had our issues, but we’re at a better place,” he said before…

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