A plaque acknowledging the unceeded land of the Lheidli T’enneh First will hang in a place of honour outside city council chambers at city hall.
Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dolleen Logan and the First Nation council presented the plaque to Mayor Lyn Hall and city council on Wednesday. The plaque says, “We respectfully acknowledge the unceeded ancestral lands of the Lheidli T’enneh, on whose land we live, work and play.”
That acknowledgement will be read aloud at the beginning of city council meetings, going forward.
“To chief and council, on behalf of the City of Prince George, thank you so much,” Hall said. “This is a fantastic relationship, and we need to continue it.”
The City of Prince George, Regional District of Fraser-Fort George and Lheidli T’enneh meet regularly to discuss issues in common, Hall added.
“I’ve been asked a lot about truth and reconciliation, with Sept. 30 coming up. The Lheidli T’enneh and City of Prince George and regional district have been doing this since before it had a label,” Logan said.
Logan said speaking with other First Nations leaders around the province, that working relationship between First Nations and local government is often not there.
“The other chiefs are blown away, because they can’t even get a meeting with their mayors, let alone city council,” Logan said.