“In the age of reconciliation, this agreement shows how both levels of government and First Nations leadership can come together to address long-standing issues. This is a positive step towards improving the quality of life of the people of Kashechewan. We look forward to working with the federal and Kashechewan First Nation government to ensure a better future for the Community. Honorary Commissioner David Zimmer Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Once the lease and tripartite agreement have been concluded and regulations are in place, Stage 4 begins. This approach deals with the day-to-day management, monitoring and application of land ownership rules, agreements and instruments over the life of the project. These include the construction of facilities and infrastructure, as well as other project operations. Ultimately, it also covers the closure of project facilities and the recovery of land used in the project. Issues that arise during the management, monitoring and enforcement stage may require negotiations and the development of changes to regulations and/or tripartite agreements. In such cases, as in the case of the project approval procedure, authorisation and allocation of resources would be required. Step 3, the negotiation and design stage, would apply to such changes.
“The Heiltsuk have always proactively advanced our titles and rights, whether through a court of law, negotiations or direct action. Today`s agreement builds on this strong history and represents a new way of reconciling our relationship with Canada and the BC. Throughout this phase, there will be close communication and consultation between the Government of Canada, the First Nation and the provincial government. This is necessary to develop the three main project-specific documents: regulations; The tripartite agreement between the Government of Canada, the First Nation and the provincial government; and land ownership instruments. The governments of Canada and Ontario are committed to working with First Nation partners to promote healthy and prosperous First Nation communities. Today, the governments of Canada and Ontario, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and the Kashechewan First Nation announced a framework agreement that will support a sustainable future for the More than 2,300 first nation members.