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Tla’amin Nation requesting end to PRSC partnership

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POWELL RIVER, B.C. – Earlier this month, the Tla’amin Nation gathered members of Powell River council to discuss their wish to dissolve the PRSC Limited Partnership.

“The PRSC Partnership are some lands that are owned 50-50 between the Tla’amin Nation and the City of Powell River,” said Tla’amin hegus Clint Williams.

He said the nation is looking to take full ownership of their parcel of land in the PRSC.

“What we discussed was the possibility of dissolving the PRSC company that we own 50-50, and taking the last two parcels of land that are close to the same size. The city would take their 50 per cent and we would take our 50 per cent, and we would just take those pieces of land and own them as individuals,” Williams explained.

The land that the nation is seeking out of the partnership is in the neighbourhood of Gibson’s Beach, while the city’s parcel is the old golf course lands in Townsite, according to Williams.

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He noted that the land they are seeking currently sits within an agricultural land reserve designation.

“The first thing that we would be looking at doing (if the dissolution goes through), would be to have the lands converted to treaty settlement lands,” he said.

“We need the City of Powell River’s consent before we go and approach the provincial government about having this treaty settlement land designation put on there.”

Williams said he’s hopeful that a decision will be made soon.

“When we talked with the city, they needed to run it by their official Committee of the Whole and council, and they needed to do this at a duly convened meeting of their government. I don’t have an exact time frame, but I’m hoping it’s in the very near future.”

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