LANGLEY – Langley MLA Mary Polak and Fort-Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman are welcoming a multi-year strategic engagement agreement (SEA) with 14 Stó:lō First Nations that will enhance effective consultation and engagement  on land and resource management decisions in the Fraser Valley.

“Everyone has worked extremely hard to achieve this agreement,” said Polak.”I firmly believe that working in partnership is the best way to provide a meaningful role in land and resource management for First Nations.”

“This historic accord represents the largest number of signatory First Nations under a single engagement agreement,” said Coleman. “It took a tremendous amount of commitment and vision by all parties to achieve.”

The three-year agreement builds on a successful 24-month pilot in which the First Nations and the Province worked together to negotiate and implement a framework agreement to improve relations between the parties. The new agreement will continue to create more effective procedures for administering applications and referrals for the First Nations, government and industry.

The B.C. government is providing a total of $2.1 million over the life of the agreement, which encompasses Stó:lō territory in the Fraser Valley.

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