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Pemberton and Lil'wat open house postponed

Two communities partner up to talk common goals



An open house scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25 — held by the Village of Pemberton and Lil'wat Nation to kick off their involvement in the Community Infrastructure Partnership Program (CIPP) — has been postponed.

A new date has not been set.

The CIPP is an initiative of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities that pairs municipalities with neighbouring First Nation communities to develop joint service agreements.

"The program is designed to help you to come together... either to form an agreement or to move on a project," Pemberton Mayor Mike Richman said.

"Relations between Lil'wat and Pemberton I think are pretty good, and I think they've gotten better over the years, but I certainly don't think they're where they could be.

"For the social and economic health of both communities, I think we need to recognize that our futures are tied together to a large degree."

While nothing has been set in stone yet, Richman said the initial discussions between the Village of Pemberton and Lil'wat Nation have been focused on water.

"Water supply is something both communities really want to look at," he said.

"I think it's something both communities have to deal with in the near future, is looking at new water sources and new water provisions."

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