BC Treaty Commission Holds Open House in Terrace Today

John Crawford

Terrace area residents will get a chance this week to learn more about the reconciliation process with First Nations, as the BC Treaty Commission hosts a series of dialogue sessions in the city.

The commission is hosting an Open House at the Best Western Hotel in Terrace this evening (Thursday) from 5 until 8. 

There will also be a luncheon with the local business community, co-hosted by the Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce and a mock negotiation workshop for students at Coast Mountain College.

Commissioner Maryann Enevoldsen says it's important to have a dialogue with local communities as the treaty process moves forward.

[PHOTO:  Maryann Enevoldsen]
"I just hope that everybody comes out and really has a lot of good questions for us and that we can really demonstrate how treaties will benefit all communities -- there's a lot of misconceptions about treaty in the general public, so when we hold events like the Open House and the Luncheon, we're hoping to have the dialogue and clear up any misconceptions about the treaty process in general and to really have that open dialogue to really express what the treaties are bringing to nations today and how everyone is walking forward together on that journey," she said.

Enevoldsen says modern treaties are the highest expression of reconciliation that we have in Canada today, and offer a way to bring communities together.

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