Why Treaties?

Why Treaties?

First Nations have pre-existing inherent rights that continue to exist today and the treaty negotiations process provides a framework for the three Parties, Canada, BC and First Nations, to work towards the common goal of recognition and reconciliation of pre-existing Indigenous sovereignty with assumed Crown sovereignty through treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements. 

Through the negotiation of treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements, the Principals seek to end the legacy of colonialism, recognize Indigenous Nations' Aboriginal title and rights, provide for the co-existence of Crown and Indigenous Nations governments and laws, revitalize Indigenous languages and cultures, unlock economic development opportunities, close socio-economic gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, ensure a true sharing of prosperity, and build a new nation-to-nation, government-to-government-to-government relationship through a constitutionally entrenched agreement.

Some of the major components integral to modern treaty making in British Columbia are:



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