Tla’amin Nation submits conditional offer to buy paper mill on site of ancestral village

By Emily Fagan
CBC News
September 21, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

POWELL RIVER, BC — A former Powell River paper mill up for sale sits on the site of tiskʷat, the Tla’amin Nation’s ancient village. Now, in a bid to buy back the land, the nation has sent a letter of intent to Paper Excellence, the current owner of the property. …Elected leader of the Tla’amin Nation, Dillon Johnson, feels they are the “only logical” next owners. “We want to balance the priorities of today, which is restoring the salmon run and tidying up some of the environmental issues, but also bringing economic prosperity to the whole region”. …The Tla’amin Nation has established a memorandum of understanding with Pacific Hydrogen Canada for a potential green energy project at the site. …The Catalyst Paper tiskwat mill produced paper for more than 100 years before it was temporarily shut down at the start of the pandemic.

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