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Canada-shíshálh agreement

Canada-shíshálh agreement

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and the shíshálh Nation (Sechelt Indian Band) signed a Letter of Understanding on Feb. 15 committing them to move forward together to advance a lasting reconciliation that builds upon the existing self-government agreement between Canada and the shíshálh Nation.

Through the letter of understanding, Canada and the shíshálh Nation have agreed to explore a number of key topics and priorities that would support the negotiation of a long-term nation-to-nation reconciliation agreement. The focus of the discussions will be on how to implement shíshálh’s Aboriginal title and rights, recognize shíshálh’s right to self-determination, advance socio-economic prosperity and health for the shíshálh people, and revitalize shíshálh language and culture.

“The Letter of Understanding represents another step in the Nation to Nation relationship between shíshálh and Canada, and creates a path forward for the outstanding work between our Nations,” said shíshálh Nation Chief Henry Warren Paull.

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