The BC treaty negotiations process is voluntary and open to all First Nations in British Columbia. There are 65 First Nations, representing over half of all Indian Act bands in BC, are participating in, or have completed treaties through, the treaty negotiations process. Active or completed negotiations involve 40 First Nations, representing 76 Indian Act bands, totalling 38% of all Indian Act bands in BC. For statistical purposes, the Treaty Commission continues to refer to “Indian Act bands” to provide a common reference point.
A “First Nation” in the BC treaty negotiations process is a self-defined governing body, established and mandated by its people within its traditional territory in BC to enter into treaty negotiations with Canada and British Columbia. The BCTC Agreement and legislation set out this principle of self-definition.
For the most recent infomration on each negotiations, please see the latest annual report.