Regional Chief A-in-chut (Shawn Atleo) offers support to Kamloops Division of the Shuswap Nation (K.D.S.N.) in its call for meaningful consultations over New Gold Inc. Afton Mine Project



    WEST VANCOUVER, Nov. 13 /CNW/ - Regional Chief A-in-chut (Shawn Atleo)
offered his support today to the Kamloops Indian Band and Skeetchestn Indian
Band (K.D.S.N.) in their demand that the B.C. Government engage in meaningful
consultations over the Afton New Gold Mine Project near Kamloops.
    Revenue sharing and co-management are among the options available to the
provincial government to achieve an accommodation of Aboriginal Title and
Rights in BC. "The Government has indicated to the K.D.S.N that it does not
have a mandate to resolve revenue sharing and co-management issues with them",
said Regional Chief Atleo. "The province is awaiting a policy review on
revenue sharing through the New Relationship. But for the K.D.S.N. it is too
late, the final permit has already been granted. BC needs to halt the project
and properly negotiate in good faith to resolve this matter", he added.
    The New Relationship between the provincial government and First Nations
is not intended to interfere with or displace the autonomy of individual First
Nations or affect their ability to enter into direct negotiations with
governments on matters affecting their Aboriginal Title and Rights. The New
Relationship respects the autonomy of individual First Nations and supports a
First Nation's authority to enter into negotiations on its own. "The province
needs to recognize the Aboriginal Title and Rights of the K.D.S.N. and
accommodate their interests in the mine site", said Regional Chief Atleo."
    On Thursday November 1, 2007, The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum
Resources granted a final permit to New Gold Inc. for its New Afton Mine near
Kamloops. The K.D.S.N. says several issues remain unresolved between the
Bands, the Province and New Gold Inc.
    BC Regional Chief A-in-chut is elected by and accountable to the
203 First Nations in British Columbia.





For further information:

For further information: Ryneld Starr, Communications Officer, BC
Assembly of First Nations, Office: (604) 922-7733, Cell: (604) 837-6908,
E-mail: communication@bcafn.ca


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