10/21/2011 07:07 EDT | Updated 12/21/2011 05:12 EST

B.C. First Nation Treaty Worth $30 Million, 8,200 Hectares Of Land


POWELL RIVER, B.C. - A land claim treaty is one step closer to reality for a First Nation in the Powell River region of B.C.'s south coast.

The federal and provincial governments and the Tla'amin (Sly-ah-mon) First Nation have signed a final agreement that will now be put to the 1,000 members of the First Nation for ratification.

The agreement must also gain final approval in Parliament and the B.C. legislature.

The deal will give the Tla'amin about 8,322 hectares of land and almost $30 million over 10 years, along with self-government powers, economic development funding of almost seven million dollars, resource revenue sharing and forestry and fishing rights.

Chief Clint Williams says the treaty will provide a solid foundation for his nation's children and grandchildren.

Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Mary Polak says the agreement will ensure the Tla'amin people will have increased economic opportunities for future

generations, while continuing to honour their traditions and culture.