The sale of the former District Of Kitimat hospital lands by the province is said to enable new economic development opportunities for the Haisla and the Kitimat community.
“This sale enables the Haisla to commercially develop this land, and provide their Nation more way to meaningfully engage in the economy,” said Premier Clark. “It’s going to create a lot of opportunities for the Haisla First Nation, the community of Kitimat, and the broader region.”
Through Haisla Business Operations Inc., the Haisla Nation will commercially develop the newly purchased lands, located centrally in Kitimat.
“Today’s agreement returns a key piece of Haisla traditional territory to the hands of the Haisla people,” Haisla Nation Chief Councillor, Ellis Ross said. “It is our intent to develop this land for the benefit of everyone in the Kitimat Valley – Haisla and non-Haisla alike. We thank the provincial government for its willingness to include us in these negotiations and the District of Kitimat for its commitment to reach an agreement.”
The former Kitimat hospital lands were transferred from the Northern Health Authority to the province in 2010.
The purchase follows the signing of a conditional sale agreement between the Haisla Nation and the Ministry of Technology Innovation and Citizens’ Services, and is contingent on the Haisla Nation and the District of Kitimat reaching an agreement about how the land will be developed.
Over the past decade, the Haisla Nation has engaged in 17 joint ventures with industries seeking to support economic activity for the region.