Contributed/City of Penticton & Penticton Indian Band
July 12, 2016 - 5:41 PM
PENTICTON - Meetings resulting from the historic Protocol Agreement signed in 2004 have once again resulted in more collaboration between the City of Penticton and the Penticton Indian Band.
The two governments regularly take the opportunity to meet, exchanging development and comprehensive consultation initiatives.
The last meeting’s agenda included discussion around a number of topics including the redevelopment of the SS Sicamous area, which could potentially include a Syilx cultural interpretive center. With redevelopment in the area, options were discussed about funding sources to support improvements along the channel, including walkway restoration, overall maintenance and how to ensure recreational users are respectfully using the area.
Consistent with the purpose of the Protocol, the Councils discussed cooperating to achieve mutual prosperity and a collaborative decision making in appropriate areas of common interest.
“It is good to candidly discuss issues and opportunities for both communities. We can achieve many things if we work together and it is encouraging those items such as the Channel Parkway and trails are now discussion items and viewed as valuable community assets that we can collectively be proud of” said Mayor Jakubeit.
The original agreement signed 12 years ago, under former Mayor, David Perry and former Chief, Grand Chief, Stewart Phillip laid the foundation for a commitment to consultation, communication, information sharing and celebrating diversity. With these principles in mind, the Councils discussed a respectful referral process for environmental and archeological responsibilities in future development.
“Our Council is pleased to be working with the City of Penticton to further our shared interests and continue working together.” Chief Kruger said.
The agreement is more than a decade old but both parties feel the level of partnership and agreement has recently taken a strong upward turn and credits a closer relationship between those involved.
The next meeting is scheduled for October where the groups will discuss topics of common interest and mutual benefit.
To contact the Penticton Indian Band, visit the PIB website by clicking here.
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