April 15, 2013
VANCOUVER – Sophie Pierre was reappointed as Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission on Friday, April 12, 2013. Pierre was reappointed upon agreement from the three Principals of the Treaty process: the governments of Canada, British Columbia and the First Nations Summit.
March 8, 2013
VANCOUVER – BC Treaty Commissioners Robert Phillips and Celeste Haldane have reclaimed their positions by acclamation following the First Nations Summit meeting on Wednesday. Both Commissioners will serve additional two-year terms with the Commission.
February 18, 2013
VANCOUVER – The Beyond Section 35 Symposium will tomorrow bring together over 120 Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, academics and top legal minds in Vancouver BC. Participants will engage in a two-day dialogue about the substantial impact that Section 35 recognition of Aboriginal rights has had on altering both federal/provincial law and policy regarding Indigenous Peoples and governance in Canada.
February 18, 2013
VANCOUVER – The BC Treaty Commission recognizes and supports the ongoing engagement between the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs and two of the Tsimshian First Nations, Kitselas and Kitsumkalum, in their efforts to resolve their overlapping territorial issues. Kitselas and Kitsumkalum are both advancing towards ...
January 28, 2013
VANCOUVER – The BC Treaty Commission and the New Relationship Trust, working with the Institute on
Governance, will host a two-day symposium on February 19 and 20 at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. This event will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders to talk about the success and challenges of making social and economic progress in First Nations communities. More ...
October 10, 2012
Twenty years after the BC Treaty Process Agreement was signed, the BC Treaty Commission has today released its annual report titled “Learning from our Success”. At the press conference today, Chief Commissioner Sophie Pierre noted, “The treaty negotiations process the parties signed on to 20 years ago is not broken, the principles it was based on are not broken, what is broken ...
September 5, 2012
Chief Commissioner Sophie Pierre is encouraged by the announcement released by the Honorable John Duncan, which announced a plan to work with partners on a new approach to expedite treaty and ...
July 11, 2012
The Tla’amin people have voted to accept a treaty agreement that provides self-government, 70 kilometers of oceanfront land near Powell River, resource revenue sharing and cash. “This is truly a great day for the Tla’amin people who have voted to step out from underneath the Indian Act to chart their own future ...
June 27, 2012
Chief Commissioner Sophie Pierre today applauded the Senate Report which calls the BC treaty process ‘a commitment worth preserving’. The conclusion of treaties provides important benefits both within and outside First Nations, including a solid legal basis for future economic development, states the report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. And while great ...
June 17, 2012
Tla’amin members prevented from casting a treaty vote Saturday should be able to exercise their democratic right to vote according to the Treaty Commission. “The small number of Tla’amin members who blocked the doors to the polling station in Sliammon village near Powell River have trampled on the rights of the Tla’amin people,” said Chief Commissioner Sophie Pierre.
May 3, 2012
Recommendations to accelerate treaty negotiations in British Columbia contained in a special report to the federal minister of aboriginal affairs will shake the status quo if accepted ...
April 17, 2012
Thirty years ago today the Constitution Act was passed into law. Section 35 of the act promises
aboriginal rights recognition as the Supreme Court of Canada emphasized in the Haida court case. This makes treaty making ...
January 26, 2012
This issue of Update addresses the need for renewal in the BC Treaty process and highlights the treaty initialling event at Sliammon First Nation.
November 30, 2011
This is a tool First Nations can use to assess and develop their capacity to govern under a treaty.