Quebec City, QC (January 27, 2017): MP Cathy McLeod, Opposition Critic for Indigenous Affairs, and MP Todd Doherty, Opposition Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, released the following joint statement today:
“We acknowledge the signing of a Letter of Understanding today in Tl’esqox First Nation. This is a positive first step in advancing reconciliation between the Government of Canada and the Tsilhqot’in peoples of British Columbia.
“However, just this week, we learned that eleven local tourist operators received formal notices from the Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government that they are to cease any promotion of their operations within the Tsilhqot’in Declared Title Area. These businesses have operated alongside First Nations in the area for generations.
“We call on the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs to ensure that the interests of third parties, including private land owners, business operators, farmers, ranchers, hunters and anglers, are heard and protected. We urge the Minister to implement a policy of avoid, mitigate and compensate when the interests of third parties are affected by treaty and land claim settlements across Canada.”