Haisla Nation Chief Councillor Ellis Ross and Kitimat Mayor Joanne Monaghan celebrated a recent land sale as a step forward for the Kitimat region, the Haisla Nation and the province.
The sale of the former District of Kitimat hospital lands by the Province to the Haisla Nation significantly enhances the relationship between the three governments, and will enable new economic development opportunities for the Haisla and the Kitimat community, reads a government press release. The purchase was celebrated in a ceremony held at the former hospital site June 17. “Today’s agreement returns a key piece of Haisla traditional territory to the hands of the Haisla people,” said Chief Ross. “It is our intent to develop this land for the benefit of everyone in the Kitimat Valley—Haisla and non-Haisla alike. We thank the provincial government for its willingness to include us in these negotiations and the District of Kitimat for its commitment to reach an agreement.”