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First Nations Share Huckleberry Mine Revenue

Deals signed with four First Nations

Kathy Brookes

Four First Nations in the Houston-Burns Lake area will benefit from the latest revenue-sharing deals with the provincial government.

The agreements -- which involve provincial royalties from the Huckleberry Mine expansion -- will provide new income for the Cheslatta Carrier, Nee-Tahi-Buhn, Skin Tyee and Wet'suwet'en First Nations.

The Huckleberry Mine southwest of Houston was originally scheduled to close this year, but the expansion will preserve more than 230 jobs and create about 50 more until approximately 2021.

The four Huckleberry deals bring the number of "Economic and community development agreements" signed by the provincial government to 14.

Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad says they ensure First Nations have the opportunity to participate in the economy, while giving industry the certainty to invest in B.C.

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief Richard Peters says his people have watched the exploitation of their mineral resources for generations and were never before allowed to share the benefits.

The government says, to date, B.C. has shared more than $12-million in mineral tax revenues as a result of agreements with First Nations

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