The province says it is “taking action to advance treaty negotiations with Malahat Nation” with the purchase of private land on southern Vancouver Island.
The purchase of 230 hectares of land for $9 million about 40 kilometres north of Victoria is intended to become part of the Malahat Nation’s treaty lands when negotiations are done and the treaty takes effect.
The property is within the Malahat Lands and was formerly known as Bamberton.
Last July, the Malahat purchased 525 hectares of property, including Oliphant Lake, which more than tripled the First Nation’s land which is considered being part of its traditional territory.
Malahat Nation, the province and the federal government are in final treaty agreement negotiations.
There are 340 members of the Malahat Nation, with lands located on the western shore of Saanich Inlet, south of Mill Bay.