Where has the time gone that five years have passed since the historic day in April, 2016, when the Tla’amin treaty agreement was signed?
It has been five very busy years to be sure: years of learning, making progress and nation building, the results of which are apparent in the growth and stability of the community. It has also been five years of overcoming challenges, including of course combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, while addressing the diverse needs of the community.
Together, leaders and community members are building and shaping the governance and direction for the nation for years to come, and serving as a role model for other nations that are following in your footsteps.
As the elected representative to the Government of Canada for our riding that includes over 20 First Nations, I know how complex and difficult the process of treaty making and nation building is. But I also know that the future prosperity of our country and of all Canadians depends on its progress, and on true reconciliation and respectful and productive nation-to-nation-to-nation relations.
This is the hard work, and as your MP, I am deeply committed to it. As one of the first modern treaties in BC, Tla’amin Nation is on the front line of this work. Thank you!
On this, the fifth anniversary of your treaty signing, we celebrate your perseverance and your dedication to providing a better and brighter future for your nation and ultimately for all Canadians.