PRPA and Kitsumkalum Sign Relationship Agreement


KITSUMKALUM, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) and the Kitsumkalum First Nation are pleased to announce that they have entered into a Relationship Agreement that will govern how the two organizations work together for years to come.

The agreement was formally ratified last year, through a community-hosted signing ceremony on Kitsumkalum Laxyuup (territory). The agreement is founded on the shared principles of mutual understanding and openness, respect, trust, commitment, building the economy, and stewarding the environment.

The ceremony was attended by Kitsumkalum elected leadership, Simoogits and Sigidmhana’nax (hereditary leadership), and the Community at large. “It was important that we started this new relationship off in a way that honoured our traditional customs – the signing was witnessed by our People and solidified by a feast” said Don Roberts, Chief of Kitsumkalum. “It was also important that the PRPA representatives, which included the Board of Directors and members of the executive team, were there to participate in, and witness, this important custom – this is how true understanding, trust, and mutual respect is built.”

For Kitsumkalum, the agreement marks an important step in advancing reconciliation and recognition of Kitsumkalum’s historic and continued presence on the coast: “The Port operates on lands and waters within Tsimshian Territory,” said Chief Roberts, “and this agreement will build on Kitsumkalum’s role in the economy of the Port and provide for collaborative strategic planning and management of the lands and resources in a way that recognizes and respects our respective rights, values, and interests.”

“This agreement symbolizes a significant milestone for PRPA and the partnership that we continue to build with Kitsumkalum,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority. “Our purpose at PRPA is to build a better Canada – and by extension, better communities – by growing trade. We work with Indigenous communities to ensure our joint values are reflected in a shared vision for the future.”



Nicole Wallace                                                         
Director of Environment, Lands and Referrals          
Kitsumkalum First Nation                                   

Olivia Mowatt   
Senior Communications Officer   
Prince Rupert Port Authority                    


See more news

June 26, 2024

New Director Appointed to Prince Rupert Port Authority Board

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today changes to its Board of Directors. The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport for the Government of Canada, has confirmed the appointment of Rod Graham.

Read More
Gat Leedm Electric Truck in front of Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert
June 10, 2024

Zero and Low-Emission Trucks to be Tested at Port of Prince Rupert through B.C.’s Integrated Marketplace

Through an Integrated Marketplace project led by Innovate BC, new zero and low-emission heavy-duty (HDZEV) trucks will be added to operations at the Port of Prince Rupert to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainability in the province’s transportation sector.

Read More
Image of container ship at Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert
June 4, 2024

PRPA Announces 2023 Green Wave Award Recipients

Three companies are being honoured for their exceptional participation in the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA) Green Wave program.

Read More