Gold River, Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation, Tahsis
GOLD RIVER – On Thursday March 17, 2016, the Village of Gold River, along with the Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation and the Village of Tahsis signed a shared Vision Statement solidifying their commitment to work together to enhance the well-being of each community and the region.
This historic step forward unites the three communities by enabling collaborative participation through shared values, respect and a newly established working relationship. The new relationship will strengthen their ability to pursue business and economic development strategies for the betterment of their residents, members and businesses.
The Vision Statement states, in part:
“We are progressive communities that share a desire to responsibly manage our natural resources in a manner that will stimulate new business opportunities and develop a diversified economy whilst always respecting each other.”
“This is a defining moment in the long history of the Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation. This Vision Statement reflects the truth of the respectful, trusting and mutually beneficial relationships with our valued Tahsis and Gold River neighbors,” said Chief Mike Maquinna of the Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation Council of Chiefs.
“Revitalizing our local and regional economy in a sustainable way requires working closely with the Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation and the Village of Tahsis. We know that open and meaningful relationships are fundamental to our economic growth,” said Mayor Brad Unger of Gold River.
“We are stronger together than apart,” said Mayor Jude Schooner of Tahsis. “We have put into our daily lives the relationship and reconciliation that is often talked about but not always delivered. We have done it here.”
The communities will now work on a Co-operation Agreement to implement key aspects of the Vision Statement.
The Vision Statement was a product of a series of Community to Community meetings made possible by funding from the Government of British Columbia.
Michael McGee, Administrator
Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation
Larry Plourde, Administrator
Village of Gold River
Mark Tatchell, Chief Administrative Officer
Village of Tahsis