The British Columbia developer of a superyacht marina has reached an agreement with two native Canadian groups over its proposed marina in Victoria Harbour.
WAM Development Group says that the Esquimalt and Songhees nations have agreed to drop a lawsuit against the marina in exchange for economic benefits and job training.
The company says that the agreement is a “milestone” in the development of Victoria International Marina, because the lawsuit had threatened to delay the project.
The two nations had gone to the Federal Court of Canada asking a judicial review of the federal approval for the marina. They argued that the marina would have adverse effect on the rights of both nations, and that national government failed to adequately consult with them on a navigable-waters permit.
“We’re very pleased with the outcome of these negotiations,” says Songhees chief, Robert Sam. “We are being acknowledged as nations and as governments with legitimate legal interests in our lands, and in this case, in the seabed around our lands.”