After 18 years in the making, the Doig River First Nation in northeastern B.C. is marking the beginning of a new three-hectare business hub in Fort St. John, a development celebrated with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday — National Indigenous Peoples Day.
The site is part of a Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) agreement with Doig River and the nearby Blueberry River First Nations that hands over 52 square kilometres, or 5,200 hectares, of land in B.C. and Alberta. The reclaimed land was stripped from the Indigenous communities in the 1900s and opened for settlement.
“What a relief… It’s unbelievable,” Doig River Coun. Garry Oker told CBC’s Daybreak North Tuesday, after
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