Valemount-area resort development sees Simpcw First Nation add land

By James Peters
March 7, 2018 - 11:03am

VALEMOUNT, B.C. — The Simpcw First Nation is growing, as part of a deal with the province around a new resort area near Valemount.

Forests, Lands, Natural Resorce Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson announced today the province is transferring 185 hectares of Crown land to Simpcw.

A master plan for the Valemount Glacier Destination resort was approved in 2016, and a Master Development Agreement followed in 2017.

That agreement has made accommodation for revenue sharing and land transfer with the Simpcw First Nation.

Chief Nathan Matthew says the band has worked with the province in the planning stage for the resort, and he believes the "significant inclusion" of the Simpcw in the project is a step toward reconciliation of the "challenging history" between First Nations and the Crown in this area.

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