BRITISH COLUMBIA – Rio Tinto Alcan of Montreal and the Haisla First Nation have signed an agreement in principle covering Alcan’s primary metals operations in the province. The company operates the Kitimat aluminum smelter and Kemano hydroelectric generating station on the west coast of the province.
The new agreement establishes a formal framework for the two organizations to work together for the next 30 years.
Dolores Pollard, chief councillor of the Haisla nation said, “I am also very pleased that this agreement has received the blessing of the Haisla Nation. We now have a commitment of inclusiveness from the business that has been a part of our lives for the last 55 years, and a new beginning with Rio Tinto Alcan. I am confident that we will make the most of the many opportunities to improve our lives, both economically and socially.”
The Haisla nation maintains a website at www.Haisla.ca.