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NEWS RELEASE · 3rd April 2010
M. of Aboriginal Relations
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation George Abbott released the following statement today marking April 3, 2010 as the one-year anniversary of the day the Tsawwassen First Nation Treaty officially took effect:

"On behalf of all British Columbians I would like to offer congratulations to the members and leadership of Tsawwassen First Nation on the historic one-year anniversary of the effective date of the Tsawwassen First Nation Treaty. In particular I wish to recognize Chief Kim Baird and her council and community elders for their leadership and vision.

"The Tsawwassen treaty is the first urban treaty in British Columbia and the first modern treaty to come into effect under the BC Treaty Commission process.

"Since last April, the Tsawwassen First Nation government has achieved much toward creating economic opportunities, and developing social programs and legislative frameworks upon which to build its future.

"Among Tsawwassen First Nation's achievements over the past year are the election of their first self-governing legislative assembly and the signing of an MOU with a marine terminals operator in support of Tsawwassen's long-term goal of developing a sustainable, community- based economy.

"Tsawwassen First Nation has also partnered with Canada and B.C. to access $9 million through the Economic Action Plan. This money will be used to launch a major industrial development on Tsawwassen Lands.

"On behalf of the Province, I would like to congratulate Tsawwassen First Nation members and wish them continued success in all their endeavours."

For more information on treaties in B.C., visit http://www.treaties.gov.bc.ca/