BC Treaty Annual Report 2014
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Ratification Forum brings First Nations leaders together for sharing and learning

On February 9, First Nations leaders from across BC met in Vancouver to attend the BC Treaty Commission’s First Nations Ratification Forum. Attendees heard about the challenges, successes, frustrations and lessons their peers have experienced during AIP and Final Agreement ratification efforts.
First Nations leaders Miles Richardson, Angela Wesley and Kim Baird and BC Treaty Commission director Mark Smith led participants in breakout sessions.

Role of the BC Treaty Commission


FACILITATION: Our primary role is to oversee treaty negotiations.
COMMUNICATIONS: We provide public information and education resources.
FUNDING: We allocate negotiation support funding to First Nations.

Compelling reasons for treaties


Historic Reasons

Historic Reasons

The border of British Columbia is a relatively new line drawn across a land that has nurtured and sustained an amazing diversity of people, plants and animals for thousands of years.
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Legal Reasons

Legal Reasons

Before Confederation the British Crown had signed major treaties. The new Dominion of Canada continued this policy of making treaties before the west was opened up for settlement.
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Economic Reasons

Economic Reasons

Treaties will pump billions of dollars into the BC economy making the biggest impact where the money is needed most – in the hands of First Nations and their neighbours in small-town British Columbia.
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Governmental Reasons

Governmental Reasons

A 13-year study of indigenous nations in the United States has found economic success is closely linked to the power to make decisions.
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News & Events

October 17, 2014

 

Process Advisor position - Apply Now!

VANCOUVER – The BC Treaty Commission is looking for a full time Process Advisor to join our team.  Please apply by November 21, 2014.

 

October 7, 2014

 

Treaty Commission examines the thorny question of First Nation overlapping claims

VICTORIA– Tuesday, October 7, 2014. BC Treaty Commission releases its annual report, Recommendation 8: First Nations resolve issues related to overlapping traditional territories among themselves.

 

 

July 30, 2014

Canada recognizes that action is needed to advance treaty negotiations

VANCOUVER – Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The Treaty Commission welcomes the recent commitment by the Government of Canada to change federal mandates that have been obstacles to concluding treaties in BC.

 

June 30, 2014

Kim Baird named a member of the Order of Canada for contribution to BC Treaty Negotiations Process

VANCOUVER – Monday, June 30, 2014. The Treaty Commission congratulates former Chief Kim Baird

 

June 26, 2014

Tsilhqot'in ruling heightens need to resolve the land question in BC

VANCOUVER – Thursday June 26, 2014. For the first time in Canada's history Aboriginal title has been affirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). "The Tsilhqot'in Nation decision provides a stronger foundation for reconcilation by making the resolution of the land question in BC a Constitutional and legal obligation.

 

June 20, 2014

Tla'amin becomes eighth First Nation to reach modern treaty in the BC treaty negotiations process

VANCOUVER - On Thursday June 19, 2014 the Tla'amin Final Agreement Act receieved Royal Assent, the last step in a twenty-year effort by the Tla'amin people to achieve reconcilation and recognition of their rights.
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