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Relationship protocol sparks debate – BCLocalNews.com

by ahnationtalk on August 9, 201765 Views

Aug 9, 2017

A proposed relationship protocol between the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) and First Nations sparked a debate during a recent RDBN board meeting.

The proposed protocol, which is intended to strengthen First Nations and local government relations, includes the acknowledgement that the RDBN is on unceded First Nations territory.

Some RDBN directors expressed concerns over that acknowledgement, saying it could expose the regional district to risks such as having to pay a portion of taxation revenue to First Nations or even being “kicked off the land.”

Although Bill Miller, RDBN Chair and Director of Electoral Area B (Burns Lake rural), was supportive of the protocol, he admitted that the acknowledgement of unceded territories could present some risks to the regional district.

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