A Letter of Understanding was signed between the Minister of Indigenous Affairs and the Tsilhqot’in Government today.
Honourable Carolyn Bennett started her visit to Tsilhqot’in territory with a tour of the Toosey First Nation’s new water system.
“An important step is taken towards renewing and strengthening Canada’s relationship with the Tsilhqot’in Nation. This achievement demonstrates our commitment to working with partners in a true spirit of co-operation and respect to advance reconciliation and map the way together toward a shared prosperous future.”
After the signing ceremony the Minister met with Tsilhqot’in leadership, elders and youth from the six Tsilhqot’in communities.
The letter of understanding commits to renewing and strengthening the nation-to-nation relationship and advance lasting reconciliation with the Tsilhqot’in people.
“The Journey to get to this moment has been long for us as Tsilhqot’in people,” says Chief Francis Laceese of the Tl’esqox (Toosey) First Nation.
“This Letter of Understanding is the first signal we have had from Canada in recognition of our Aboriginal title lands and their commitment to improving the lives and well-being of our people. Surrounded by our Elders and youth, we are honoured to have Minister Bennett signing this historic Letter of understanding.”
(With Files from Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)