Lake Babine Nation (LBN) has signed an incremental treaty agreement (ITA) with the province.
The ITA transfers to LBN four parcels of land that will support opportunities for forestry and eco-tourism, as well as providing $100,000 in capacity funding to help develop these opportunities.
One of the parcels to be transferred is Fort Babine Lodge, an existing resort situated on the shores of Babine Lake that offers accommodation in cabins and access to recreational opportunities. The other parcels will provide forestry opportunities, and the lakefront properties could be leased as recreation properties.
The ITA also identifies several other land parcels that would be transferred as the community proceeds through the treaty process and reaches an agreement-in-principle.
Chief Wilf Adam said this agreement will provide economic benefits to our citizens. “We must use all measures to protect and best use our lands, and this arrangement will be a positive move,” he said.