The Province has purchased approximately 230 hectares for $9 million on southern Vancouver Island, which is intended to become part of Malahat Nation’s treaty lands when a treaty is concluded and comes into effect.
The land is within the Malahat Lands, formerly known as Bamberton, located about 40 kilometres north of Victoria. Malahat Nation has renamed the site Malahat Lands to reflect the First Nation’s ownership and a new beginning for the property.
“The lands return to our nation is symbiotic with the positive development that will happen in our future,” said Malahat Nation Councillor George Harry.
B.C. and Canada are in treaty Final Agreement negotiations with Malahat Nation in a region of B.C. with a scarcity of Crown land available for treaties. The provincial land purchase is one of the many ways the Province is advancing treaty negotiations and achieving comprehensive reconciliation with Indigenous communities.
Treaties are a powerful path to comprehensive reconciliation for those First Nations communities choosing to enter negotiations. Treaty First Nations have increased opportunities for participating in the economy, lawmaking authority and clear jurisdiction over lands, resources and the health and social well-being of their citizens.
- Malahat Nation is located on the western shore of Saanich Inlet, south of Mill Bay, and has approximately 340 members.
- Malahat Nation, B.C. and Canada are currently in treaty Final Agreement negotiations.
- Malahat Nation and B.C. have signed an Incremental Treaty Agreement, which provided for 184 hectares of land in two parcels. Malahat Nation and B.C. have also signed a number of agreements related to forestry.
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