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Canada’s Prince Rupert Port Authority has concluded an agreement with the Lax Kw'alaams and Metlakatla Indian Bands (known collectively as the Coast Tsimshian) regarding current and future development of the Port of Prince Rupert container terminal development and related activities associated with the handling of containerised cargo.

Prince Rupert agreement clears way for expansion

The agreement includes a framework for consultation and accommodation for future terminal projects, providing a greater certainty for those considering port investments. In addition, it provides for financial payments associated with impacts arising from the construction and operation of the Fairview Container Terminal on the Coast Tsimshian’s traditional use of the site; employment opportunities during both the construction and operations phases; and preferred contracting opportunities associated with the container terminal development and port operations.

In addition to the previous agreements reached with the nearby Kitselas and Kitsumkalum First Nations, this agreement “sends a clear message to the market that Prince Rupert is open to investment,” said Port Authority President Don Krusel.

The Government of Canada has invested C$30m (US$30.76m) in the construction of Phase 1 of the new Prince Rupert container terminal and is investing a further C$28m to establish a container-screening programme to help ensure secure and efficient border services for the terminal.

This agreement; “Contributes to the overall economic stability of the region [and] we remain committed to ensuring First Nations communities have access to economic development, as well as employment and training opportunities, which is key to creating sustainable communities,” said Chuck Strahl, Canada’s minister of transport, infrastructure and communities.