Tseshaht accept $10 million TFL 44 compensation offer

The Tseshaht First Nation has accepted a $10 million compensation offer from the province for infringing on tribal interests in TFL 44.

The Tseshaht First Nation voted to accept a $10 million offer from the province for private lands removed from Tree Farm License 44, Ha-Shilth-Sa News is reporting.

The Tseshaht voted to accept the offer on Nov. 9 and notified the province of the result on Nov. 10. A formal signing will be scheduled for later.

According to chief councillor Les Sam, the $10 million offer includes forest tenure opportunities, including a 376 ha woodlot at Ship Creek, a First Nations Woodland License around Sproat Lake, and a 1,519 ha First Nations Woodland License. There is also tourism opportunities, including a possible campground development on Sproat Lake.

The 1-million hectare Tree Farm License 44 was granted to MacMillan Bloedel in 1955. In November 2008, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that the provincial government failed to consult with the Hupacasath First Nation before removing 77,000 hectares of land from TFL 44 in 2004.

Both the Tseshaht and Hupacasath have interestsin TFL 44.

A compensation package for infringing on Hupacasath interests in TFL 44 was accepted by them last summer, but terms of the deal were bound by confidentiality stipulations.

In the agreement, the province acknowledges the lack of adequate consultation with Tseshaht before the private lands were removed from the tree farm license.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Thanksgiving Food Drive returns to Port Alberni

Volunteers will go door-to-door to collect non-perishable items

Tyee Club celebrates 80 years in Port Alberni

James Clark wins Fisherman of the Year award

John Horgan promises action after fatal mid-Island bus crash

Premier cites students, local Indigneous community as reason to repair the road

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs rally for the win with five goals in third period

Port Alberni team has won two games in a row at home

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Takaya, B.C.’s intriguing lone wolf, seen eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island

Fun facts about Takaya the wolf, like his a 36-hour tour around Chatham, Discovery Islands

Resident finds loaded shotgun inside a duffle bag in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

Graffiti, calls and Snapchat: RCMP probe string of threats targeting Kamloops schools

There have been nine different threats made to four different schools in the city

Most Read