Katzie and City Sign Historic Agreements


CITY OF PITT MEADOWS & KATZIE FIRST NATION
Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2016 #2016-03
For further information, call
Mayor John Becker 604.465.2410
jbecker@pittmeadows.bc.ca
Chief Susan Miller 604-465-8961 Local 202 
susan@katzie.ca pittmeadows.bc.ca katzie.ca

KATZIE AND CITY SIGN HISTORIC AGREEMENTS

Pitt Meadows, BC – What is being deemed as the start of a new shared history, Katzie First Nation and the City of Pitt Meadows executed three historic agreements on January 27, 2016 at the new Katzie Health Centre. The agreements, focusing on communications protocols and the provision of water, sewer, and fire protection services, are the result of a working process between the two Councils and senior staff over the past 18 months.

The City of Pitt Meadows and Katzie First Nation started the journey with the intention of replacing long expired service agreements. In 2014, both communities applied to take part in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) First Nations - Municipal Community Infrastructure Partnership Program (CIPP). Pitt Meadows and Katzie were one of only six municipal/First Nation pairs selected for participation out of 50 applicants. Through this journey the communities not only carefully crafted the new service agreements, but also strengthened their relationship and formed a friendship.

According to FCM, relationships between First Nations and municipalities are often marked by tension and mistrust. As a result, communities lose opportunities to share scarce resources, reduce costs, and generate positive social and economic outcomes. FCM initiated CIPP to respond to interest from municipalities and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) to improve community infrastructure and build new partnerships with First Nations.

The CIPP improves the ability of neighbouring First Nations and municipal governments to partner and improve community infrastructure. The program has received a Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award from the Institute of Public Administration (IPAC) for this creative approach.

“As Mayor, one of my utmost priorities is to bring Katzie First Nation back into mainstream consciousness in our community so that the richness of its culture can be embraced and celebrated by the entire community." Mayor John Becker shared in his testimonial on the CIPP program website.

Chief Miller said, “Engaging in the CIPP provided Katzie First Nation with the opportunity to showcase our culture to the surrounding community, and to develop, as equal partners, the vision of creating sustainable communities, through friendship, community spirit, culture and economic development.”

Both partners noted at the signing that they have come a long way in better understanding each other.

“We entered the room as neighbors and left as friends,” said Mayor Becker.

Katzie and the City of Pitt Meadows have recently been recognized both provincially and federally for their working relationship. Chief Miller and Mayor Becker are currently in Ottawa sharing their perspectives and experiences at the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Communities conference and intend to meet with representatives of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada to share their story as well.

For more information about the CIPP, visit fcm.ca.

Photos provided below Direct link to FCM CIPP information: http://www.fcm.ca/home/programs/community-infrastructure-partnership-program.htm


Pitt Meadows mayor John Becker and Kazie First Nation Chief Susan Miller at the signing of service agreements on January 27, 2016.


Pitt Meadows Council and senior staff members with Katzie First Nation Band Council members at the signing of service agreements on January 27, 2016.


Pitt Meadows mayor John Becker and Katzie First Nation Chief Susan Miller with Peigi Wilson, Program Manager, First Nations – Municipal CIPP.