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The Fort Nelson First Nation and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality will be working together to strengthen communities in the north.

Chief Kathi Dickie of the Fort Nelson First Nation and Fort Nelson Mayor Bill Streeper made the announcement on Wednesday.

The pair formed a collaborative working relationship to strengthen communities. The two councils initiated the idea at a meeting on July 7.

Dickie says Prophet River First Nation and Acho Dene Koe will also be asked to join the initiative.

She says both councils will focus on the social, economic and environmental well-being of the communities. She also says it’s very important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to future growth.

Mayor Bill Streeper says the partnership with the both Councils will allow many opportunities for joint delivery of services. He says this will now set a common framework to guide future growth while carrying out our environmental stewardship responsibilities.

Both Councils agree that since northeastern B.C. is slated for shale gas development, it’s important to have a common voice for the region. Especially, Streeper says, when it comes to securing jobs, housing, infrastructure, recreation and commercial services.

The Fort Nelson First Nation and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality are expected to sign a memorandum of agreement in the upcoming months.

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