Joint Statement on Progress of Wet’suwet’en MOU

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

“Today, we reaffirm our commitment to work together under the memorandum of understanding (MOU) we signed earlier this year to implement Wet’suwet’en rights and title in the Yintah. We are engaged in important dialogue on matters of Wet’suwet’en rights and title that have remained unresolved since the Delgamuukw-Gisday-wa decision more than 20 years ago. This is complex and important work, and it will take time. Doing this work in the midst of the COVID pandemic created additional challenges but we are having important conversations that continue to move us forward.

“At this point, we are still engaged in negotiations on the agreement initially targeted for completion in mid-August, and we continue to work in good faith in an agreed-upon accelerated process. We will take the time necessary to get this right, and to do it in a good way.

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