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Loan Forgiveness Given To NStQ Nations

The Government of Canada has forgiven over 32 million dollars in accumulated negotiation debt for four Secwepemc communities.

The funds were part of a comprehensive land claim negotiation loan that the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council agreed to take on when they entered the BC Treaty process 26 years ago.

In a letter to the Northern Shuswap Treaty Society, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett says she hopes that the forgiveness of this debt demonstrates this commitment in a concrete way and will enhance financial stability and enable their community to improve access to funding”.

In a release yesterday (Monday), NSTQ spokesperson, Dog Creek-Canoe Creek Chief Patrick harry said “To finally see the day when real progress is being made would have meant a great deal to the elders who have worked toward self-government. This opens a new chapter for our members and places the NstQ one step closer to breaking free from the Indian Act”.

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The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw is comprised of the four Secwepemc communities Tsq’escen’ (Canim Lake), T’exelc (Williams Lake), Stswecem’c-Xgat’em (Dog Creek-Canoe Creek), and Xat’sull-Cmetem (Soda Creek-Deep Creek).

The Nations of the NStQ are in the fifth stage of treaty negotiations with the Province of BC and the Government of Canada.

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