Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, BC – The First Nations Summit (FNS) congratulates the Wuikinuxv First Nation on the signing of an Agreement in Principle (AIP) with the governments of British Columbia and Canada.
“Following more than twenty years of hard fought negotiations, the Wuikinuxv First Nation must be applauded for their hard work, determination and persistence to reach an AIP they believe is appropriate for their community”, said Cheryl Casimer of the FNS political executive. “This AIP marks an important step as the Wuikinuxv First Nation now moves to Stage 5 of negotiations and continues their efforts to reach a final agreement and become self-governing nation.”
“The Wuikinuxv AIP is a significant sign for other nations who remain committed to the negotiation of fair, just and honourable treaties”, added Robert Phillips, also of the FNS political executive. “This AIP is another clear signal to all other First Nations sitting at negotiating tables, that real progress through good faith negotiations is attainable. We wish the Wuikinuxv First Nation well as they take the next step towards negotiating a final agreement for their community”.