Leadership and members of the Homalco First Nation gathered last weekend with partners and neighbours to celebrate the grand opening of the Homalco Health Centre and to witness the signing of a new partnership agreement with Alterra Power Corporation in relation to the part of the Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project planned within Homalco territories.
As part of the celebration, Homalco also hosted an open house to showcase the First Nation’s programs and on-going projects and unveiled 10 hand-carved signs created by local artist and Homalco Council member Bill Blaney.
“This is a great day for Homalco First Nation and an exciting time in our history,” said Chief Councillor Richard Harry. “There’s still a lot of work to do to continue to create a legacy for our young people of today and tomorrow. We’re working towards increasing programs and services for our members at the Health Centre and also seeing our members becoming trained and employed through economic initiatives and projects such as the Alterra partnership, our Wildlife Tours and other projects that are in the works.”
The agreement between Alterra (formerly Plutonic Power Corporation) and Homalco establishes a cooperative relationship between the two from the preliminary to the operational phases of the project.
“This agreement will allow Homalco First Nation to be a part of and benefit from the development of this project in our territories and there will be many direct opportunities for our members” said Chief Harry.