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Renewed partnership for Lheidli T'enneh, city, regional district

A new Memorandum of Understanding was signed Friday during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations
Prince George Mayor Simon Yu, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Chief Dolleen Logan and Regional District Fraser-Fort George Board Chair Lara Beckett sign an updated Memorandum of Understanding on Friday, June 21, 2024 at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park in Prince George, B.C.

Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, the City of Prince George and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George have signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The signing took place at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park as part of the 2024 National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations, and saw Chief Dolleen Logan, Mayor Simon Yu and Chair Lara Beckett at the park for the signing ceremony.

The original MOU, committing to developing and sustaining co-operative ties between the three governments, was signed in 2017. Changes were proposed by elected officials from all three governments during the 2023 Government to Government forum, which led the renewed memorandum.

One key addition is an agreement for the three staffs, councils and governments to meet formally no less than once a year.

The government leaders described the event in a joint press release issued by the city, the regional district and the First Nation.

“We have made strong relationships a staple of everything we do for our Nation and members,” stated Logan. “Through on-going discussions with both the City of Prince George and Regional District of Fraser Fort George, we identified opportunities to strengthen our joint commitments, ensuring all parties remain at the table to progress mutually beneficial opportunities.”

Beckett said the signing represents the commitment to ongoing partnership.

“Today we are reaffirming our commitment to work alongside our partners, the Lheidli T’enneh and the City of Prince George,” she stated. “We are guided in our work by a core set of shared values of trust, mutual respect, open listening, cooperation and understanding.”

Yu stated that the agreement signifies a commitment to working together: "I am glad we have been able to bolster our collaboration and strengthen our relationship with Lheidli T’enneh through this updated MOU."