VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (July 11, 2012) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement on the occasion of the Sliammon First Nation's vote to ratify the Final Agreement towards a modern treaty:
"Congratulations to Chief Clint Williams and the Sliammon First Nation community on achieving an important milestone in treaty negotiations. By voting yes to the Final Agreement, the Sliammon First Nation is one step closer to a modern treaty. This treaty will clarify land and resource ownership to create a stable and positive climate for economic investment and development on both Aboriginal lands and in the surrounding communities.
This is a significant achievement for the Sliammon community and a positive development for the British Columbia treaty process in general. The vote clearly shows that the best way to resolve historical rights and title issues is through co-operative negotiations. Once in effect, the Final Agreement will lay the groundwork for a bright future for the region, opening doors to new opportunities."
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