UBCM Renews Partnership with First Nations Summit

On Friday, July 17, 2015, First Nations Summit (FNS) and UBCM came together to renew their Protocol on Cooperation and Communication, a partnership that has produced long-standing, mutually beneficial outcomes for both organizations. Grand Chief Edward John and Howard Grant, Executive Director of First Nations Summit joined Councillor Sav Dhaliwal, UBCM President, and Councillor Murry Krause, Second Vice-President and Chair, UBCM First Nations Relations Committee, in a formal signing of the renewed Protocol.

The Protocol formalizes the “commitment by the First Nations Summit and the UBCM to work together to promote cooperative local government–First Nations relationships.” The two organizations carry out this work by information sharing, regular communication, and relationship building through joint initiatives such as the Regional Community to Community Forum program. Additionally, the First Nations Summit Task Group and the UBCM First Nations Relations Committee will meet annually to discuss issues of mutual concern.

In accordance with UBCM policy, renewal of the Protocol was first approved by the First Nations Relations Committee before receiving approval from the full UBCM Executive.

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