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Snaw-Naw-As among 5 First Nations in Te'mexw treaty agreement

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Five Vancouver Island First Nations have signed an agreement in principle with the provincial and federal governments are part of ongoing treaty negotiations.

The agreement with the Malahat, Snaw-Naw-As, Songhees, Beecher Bay, Gordon Planes, and T’Sou-ke First Nations includes the transfer of title to more than 15-hundred hectares of Crown land.

The five will also share in 142 million dollars in funding.

The Agreement-in-Principle covers issues that included governance, taxation and lands and a process for the transition to self-government.

Incremental Treaty Agreements signed in 2013 allowed for the early transfer of some the land.

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Chief David Bob, of the Snaw-naw-as First Nation, says the milestone is the result of a lot of work, including the efforts of late Chief and lead Negotiator Wilson Bob.

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