City and Doig River First Nation sign Municipal Services Agreement

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John and Doig River First Nation have signed a Municipal Services A…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John and Doig River First Nation have signed a Municipal Services Agreement.

Announced Thursday, the agreement builds on a  Memorandum of Understanding on Development and Services which was signed in 2020, and an MOU on Cooperation and Communication which was signed 11 years ago.

The Municipal Services Agreement specifically addresses fees for services and commitments to bylaws and development standards that are substantially the same as those provided to all Fort St. John residents and businesses, says a release.

The document recognizes that the Doig River First Nation is a unique developer in the city, which will ensure DRFN’s land pays for, and receives, the same services as other properties.

“This is one major step in becoming a self-reliant nation, working with the City on a positive relationship for our future generations and advancing reconciliation in our region,” said Doig River First Nation Chief Trevor Makadahay. “What we do today will set the stage for a positive future and further investments in our community.”

Mayor Lori Ackerman says both Councils and staff are committed to building on relationships with First Nation neighbours.

“We are eager to see these future developments enhancing our community and providing local economic opportunities. We have learned that we come from an uneven past, but together we can make tomorrow a better place for our grandchildren and their grandchildren,” said Ackerman.

When the Doig River First Nation’s land is transferred into reserve land through the federal Additions to Reserve process, the Municipal Services Agreement will take effect.

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