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New revenue-sharing agreements between mine and First Nations

Four local First Nations will be sharing revenues from the Huckleberry Mine near Houston.

Aboriginal Relations Minister, John Rustad says the Cheslatta Carrier, Nee-Tahi-Bunn, Skin Tyee and the Wet’suwet’en Nations will be benefiting from production at the mine.

He says the income the nations will receive will depend on production at Huckleberry and factors such as the price of copper

“These economic community development agreements provide that avenue for First Nations to be able to receive those revenues and more importantly to be able to fully participate. Mining is the number one employer of Aboriginal people across Canada so it is a natural opportunity between First Nations and the mine. Plus it helps to support the entire region.”

Rustad says the agreements help First Nations to engage in the economy and benefit from resource activities that are happening in their territories.

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