The second annual joint Mount Currie Band council and Village of Pemberton council meeting, held Jun. 6 has been deemed a success by band administrator Sheldon Tetreault. Tetreault described the meeting as "very productive."
Land use planning, emergency planning, economic development, recreation and the implementation of 2004s "Winds of Change" healthy communities document were highlighted as priorities for future meetings. In order to explore these issue the politicians also determined a couple of themes that would aid in developing stronger communication notably the learning about each others respective governments and cultures.
Some of that work, particularly implementation of the recommendations from the "Winds of Change" has already begun. Representatives from both communities, Carrie Turchinetz and Lucinda Phillips, have been hired to create a number of joint activities for the two communities. The first of these events was a community-wide slow pitch tournament held at the end of May.
The major piece of work adopted was to immediately establish a Pemberton Valley Youth Advisory Council. The terms of reference for the group had emerged from the Youth Forum held this past February.
The newly formed youth council will report tot he next joint council meeting scheduled for September.