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Port of Prince Rupert and Kitsumkalum First Nation reach an historic accord

February 29, 2024

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) and the Kitsumkalum First Nation have entered into a relationship agreement that will govern how the two organizations collaborate with mutual respect for years to come.

Ratified with a ceremonial signing on Kitsumkalum Laxyuup, the agreement is based on principles of mutual understanding, respect, and environmental stewardship. The partnership reflects a shared vision for the future with Indigenous values integral to sustainable maritime practices.

Chief Don Roberts of Kitsumkalum regards the agreement as representing a pivotal moment in advancing reconciliation and acknowledging the First Nation's enduring presence along British Columbia’s West Coast. “The Port operates on lands and waters within Tsimshian Territory,” he says. “And this agreement will build on Kitsumkalum’s role in the economy of the port and provide for collaborative strategic planning and management of the lands and resources in a way that recognizes and respects our respective rights, values, and interests.”

Shaun Stevenson, the PRPA’s president and CEO, emphasizes the agreement’s significance in building a better Canada through trade and community collaboration.