More representation on land use plan talks

  • Oct. 28, 2009 7:00 p.m.

Non-Haida islanders are getting a representative who will be allowed to sit in on negotiations between the Council of the Haida Nation and the provincial government regarding the land use plan for the islands. Barry Pages, mayor of Masset and chair of the Skeena-Queen Charlotte regional district, said islanders have been asking for representation at the talks for some time, and the CHN and the province have now agreed. At the Oct. 23 regional district meeting in Prince Rupert, the islands mayors and area directors chose Port mayor Cory Delves to be that representative, and Area D director Brad Setso as his alternate. The negotiations have been going on for a while, and more talks are scheduled this week, November, and December, Mr. Pages said, with hopes that the process will be wrapped up by the end of the year. Mr. Pages said many islanders are not confident that the provincial government can fully represent their interests in the negotiations, which is why they wanted to have their own local rep at the table. “There’s a local perspective being able to sit at the table instead of people from Victoria representing the communities,” Mr. Pages said.