SEABIRD ISLAND, B.C. — Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and the Boothroyd, Cook’s Ferry, Matsqui, Seabird Island, and Skuppah bands have settled their long-standing squabbling.
The groups, with the help of the federal government, have arranged the passing of the Property Assessment and Taxation (Railway Right-of-Way) Regulations as well as all legal steps required for the agreed settlement of the litigation involving CPR and the five First Nations.
“We’ve already held one celebration at Seabird Island to acknowledge the strong ‘yes’ vote for settlement from all five Bands. Now we’ll be celebrating again to say ‘well done’ to everyone involved,” says Councillor Clem Seymour, Seabird Island.
The Property Assessment and Taxation (Railway Right-of-Way) Regulations came into effect Nov. 8, 2001 and are the first regulations under the Indian Act to assist in the valuation of property and the setting of property tax rates on reserve. The regulations follow the ratification and signing of individual settlement agreements with each of the five First Nations.
“It is tangible evidence of the meaningful commitment the railway has made to improving relationships with neighbors and communities,” says John Walsh, vice-president of Real Estate at CPR.
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