ʔaq̓am and City of Kimberley sign MOU


PRESS RELEASE - Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Aqam Band

November 10, 2015


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10th, 2015

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 Scott Sommerville
 Chief Administrative Officer
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KIMBERLEY, B.C.  -  Mayor and Council of the City of Kimberley met with the Chief and Council of Aqam Band on November 5th to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The two councils met in March of 2015 to discuss their intentions to establish an effective working relationship based on mutual respect and cooperation.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the parties recognizes that:

- The interests of all persons living in their respective communities are best served by working together in a spirit of cooperation.
 - The City of Kimberley lies within the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation
- There are mutually beneficial opportunities to enhance the area’s economic, social-cultural, and environmental significance through maintaining a meaningful and positive government to government relationship
 - Building an effective relationship will create certainty and harmony for our neighbouring communities and will begin an important dialogue in anticipation of successful treaty negotiations

“The goal is to foster an ongoing working relationship”, says Mayor Don McCormick.  “As close neighbours we have many common interests such as economic projects, infrastructure, services, emergency preparedness and events”.

PHOTO - Back Row: Councillor Corrie Walkley, Councillor Vickie Thomas, Councillor Albert Hoglund, Councillor Nigel Kitto, Councillor Kent Goodwin Front Row: Mayor Don McCormick,  Nasukin (Chief) Jim Whitehead Photo Credit: Sonja Morigeau