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Angela Wesley
BC Treaty Commission welcomes Angela Wesley as newest Commissioner
Congratulations to Angela Wesley on being appointed by the Government of British Columbia to a two-year Commissioner term.   Angela is from Huu-ay-aht First Nations, one of five First Nations implementing the Maa-nulth Final Agreement since 2011. She worked on the negotiation of the treaty and is Speaker in the Huu-ay-aht Legislature.  “I’m excited to join the Treaty Commission at this important time when the Principals have renewed their commitments to the treaty process through the Principals...
KKTC Parties Signing MOU
Ktunaxa Kinbasket Treaty Council MOU continues progress and innovation in treaty negotiations
Congratulations to Ktunaxa Kinbasket Treaty Council (KKTC) and the governments of Canada and British Columbia on the signing of the Ktunaxa Nation Rights Recognition and Core Treaty Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  The MOU is a unique approach to expediting negotiations and advancing the treaty table based on a rights recognition approach. The MOU also sets out the intentions of the parties to develop a “core” treaty with supplemental side agreements.  “This is the second MOU transitioning...
Principals signing the Principals' Accord
Canada, British Columbia and First Nations Summit sign accord committing to changing BC treaty negotiations
Today the Principals of the BC treaty negotiations process, the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, and the First Nations Summit, signed the Principals’ Accord on Transforming Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia. This Accord further strengthens the goals of treaty negotiations: recognition and protection of Aboriginal title and rights, nation-building, and establishing a government-to-government relationship. “The Treaty Commission has long advocated for fundamental...
Stolo MOU Signing
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding leads innovation in treaty negotiations
Congratulations to Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association (SXTA) and the governments of Canada and British Columbia on the signing of a unique Memorandum of Understanding that will advance the negotiations table to Stage 5 of the BC treaty negotiations process.  The agreement establishes a revitalized living treaty approach based on government mandates for rights recognition and the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.    “With the signing of this Memorandum...
AR 2018
BC treaty negotiations transforming Indigenous rights recognition
Treaty negotiations are leading the way in reconciliation and providing answers to important questions about Indigenous rights recognition, land ownership, and resource development in Canada.  Today the BC Treaty Commission released its 2018 annual report highlighting innovations in treaty negotiations that are transforming the government-to-government relationship with Indigenous Peoples. We commend the Principals for embracing new initiatives that will result in improved policy and legal...
Land Swap
Beecher Bay, Metchosin, and Langford partner to bring economic prosperity to the Capital Regional District
  Treaty negotiations facilitated a mutually-beneficial land swap between Scia'new First Nation [part of Te’mexw Treaty Association], the District of Metchosin, and the City of Langford. The land swap was enacted through a Reconciliation Agreement, signed on February 10, 2017, between the three governments. This is the first tripartite agreement of its kind between a First Nation, an urban municipality, and a rural district involving land and municipal boundary adjustments. The agreement and...
Komoks First Nation
K’ómoks and Courtenay servicing agreement boosts local economy
A servicing agreement signed in March 2016 between K’ómoks First Nation and the City of Courtenay will bring water and sanitary sewer services to the K’ómoks Puntledge Indian Reserve [IR] #2, which will become treaty lands. The infrastructure will support K’ómoks’ plans to develop more economic initiatives on the Puntledge IR, including expanding the existing campground and building a residential housing complex. This agreement was developed over several years with the support of the Comox ...
BC treaty negotiations process paying off for First Nations and the province
This letter to the editor appeared in the May 10-16, 2016 issue of Business in Vancouver:  Dear editor, It is essential for something as important to our country as treaty negotiations that we get our facts right. In an editorial published on May 3 (“Bypassing BC treaty process pays off” – BIV issue 1383; May3-9) Business in Vancouver wrote that there are two First Nations that “have managed to navigate” the six-stage made-in-BC treaty negotiations process, providing “a meagre return” on...

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