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First Nations to share in mine – Prince George Citizen

Four local indigenous nations will receive direct revenues from a mine in their shared territory.

The Cheslatta Carrier First Nation, Nee-Tahi-Buhn Band, Skin Tyee Nation and Wet’suwet’en First Nation from around the Burns Lake and Houston areas west of Prince George) have negotiated a deal with the provincial government for a share in the tax benefits of the Huckleberry Mine.

The four First Nations all have a territorial connection to the Huckleberry site. Originally slated to close this year, the Huckleberry Mine was permitted to carry on operations until 2021 based on newly discovered copper and molybdenum in the same area.

“These agreements will not only bring social and economic benefits to the four First Nations, but the entire Bulkley-Nechako region,” said Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation minister John Rustad, also the MLA for the region involved. “Reaching non-treaty agreements with First Nations is an important component of our government’s BC Jobs Plan, and I’m proud that today we surpass our goal of ten new agreements by 2015. They ensure First Nations have the opportunity to participate in the economy, while giving industry the certainty to invest in our province.”

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