West Moberly First Nations, Peace River Regional District MOU outlines cooperation, good faith approach to common issues

A newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between West Moberly First Nations and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Board lays out how they will work together on common issues and communication processes in a spirit of cooperation, trust and respect.

“We are excited about entering into an MOU with the PRRD. We have been neighbours with each other for a long time,” says Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nations. “We share many concerns, ideas and have similar wants and needs, so a MOU seems the next logical step moving forward.”

“We have many areas of common interest, including the environment, cultural interests, commercial and economic development, along with shared services,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “While we have worked together cooperatively for many years, the MOU really sets out how we will continue to collaborate for the benefit of both parties and all who live within the Peace River Regional District. On behalf of the Regional District Board, I am proud and excited to continue to work together, and now as we move forward we will do so under this MOU with West Moberly First Nations.”

The MOU sets the purpose of meetings: to facilitate understanding of each signatory’s roles and obligations regarding local issues and to develop an understanding regarding potential impacts that may result from each signatory’s activities. The MOU does not diminish the rights of either signatory, including the West Moberly First Nations’ Aboriginal rights and title as protected under the Constitution Act of 1982.

The MOU notes that the signatories agree to a need for cooperation, trust and respect.

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