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In the news: BC treaty commissioner expects UNDRIP bill to speed treaty talks, more deals
This report by The Canadian Press was written by Dirk Meissner and first published Dec. 7, 2019 The often bumpy and slow path toward treaty making in British Columbia has a new tool that can help glide over major obstacles and potentially help produce more than three dozen agreements near completion, says Treaty Commissioner Celeste Haldane. The B.C. government’s recent passage of Bill 41, legislation implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, should result...
BCTC meets with Premier Horgan in November 2019
Treaty Commission meets with BC Government to discuss recent policy innovations and progress in treaty negotiations
Following the release of the BC Treaty Commission 2019 Annual Report in November, Commissioners and staff met with the BC Government and members of the Legislative Assembly in Victoria.  The annual report highlights recent federal and provincial policy changes. We met with many leaders eager to hear how treaty tables are already implementing a rights recognition approach to negotiations, including Premier John Horgan, Attorney General David Eby and ministers and senior officials from the...
BC Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Treaty Commission celebrates provincial Indigenous rights legislation aligning BC laws with international standards
Today history was made when Bill 41, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Declaration Act), received Royal Assent in the BC Legislature. This historic law makes BC the first province or territory in Canada to enact legislation that implements the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UN Declaration).  The Declaration Act was developed with the First Nations Leadership Council, as directed by Indigenous leaders in BC. It sets out a process to ensure...
Federal Ministers Appointed in November 2019
Congratulations to federal ministers on recent cabinet appointments
The BC Treaty Commission congratulates the Honourable Carolyn Bennett on her re-appointment as Canada’s Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and the Honourable Bill Morneau on his re-appointment as Minister of Finance.  Several important initiatives were supported by Ministers Bennett and Morneau in the previous government, in partnership with First Nations, the First Nations Summit, and the Government of British Columbia. Last week the Treaty Commission released its annual report, which...
Annual Report 2019
New era of Indigenous rights recognition through treaty negotiations
This year marked significant progress in treaty negotiations and rights recognition. Longstanding issues that have burdened the treaty negotiations process are finally addressed through policy changes and assurances from the federal and provincial governments.  Today the Treaty Commission releases its 2019 annual report celebrating the new era of Indigenous rights recognition in BC. The report highlights this year’s notable policy and treaty negotiations changes using excerpts from the...
Nisga'a Nation joins Alliance with seven other modern treaty First Nations in BC
On Monday Nisga'a Nation formally joined the Alliance of BC Modern Treaty Nations (the Alliance) by signing the updated Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with representatives from the seven other members: Tsawwassen First Nation, Tla’amin Nation, Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Chek’tles7et’h’ First Nations, Toquaht Nation, Uchucklesaht Tribe, and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government.    “Congratulations to all eight members of the Alliance, which now represents all modern treaty First Nations in...
Treaty Education: BCTC info booths at two local government and business conferences
Public education on treaty negotiations is key to long-term reconciliation and building civic support for Indigenous self-governance and rights recognition. The Treaty Commission provides information on negotiations through publications, presentations, social media, and conversations with the public.  This fall, the Treaty Commission engaged with local government and business leaders through two large conference trade shows with attendees from across BC. Educating the public on its role in...
Min. Fraser introducing DRIPA
New legislation will align treaty negotiations with international standards for Indigenous rights recognition
On October 24, the government of British Columbia introduced Bill-41 to the Legislative Assembly – historic legislation to provincially implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UN Declaration). The Treaty Commission supports this bill and is optimistic that it will have positive impacts for treaty negotiations and implementation in BC.  The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was developed with the Leadership Council, as directed by Indigenous...
Federal Election 2019
New Federal Government an opportunity to advance treaty negotiations
Congratulations to the elected and re-elected members of Parliament, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the new minority Liberal government, following the October 21 federal election. The Treaty Commission looks forward to continued progress on the recognition of Aboriginal rights in Canada and advancing self-determination and self-government through concluding treaty negotiations. This critical work requires the participation of all political parties working together to advance the...
Komoks Revitalization Agreement
K’ómoks First Nation, Canada, and British Columbia sign agreement committing to revitalized negotiations and a treaty in 2 years
With the signing of the Agreement to Revitalize K’ómoks First Nation Treaty Negotiations, K’omoks  First Nation, Canada, and British Columbia embrace a new approach to negotiations based in rights recognition and non-extinguishment. The agreement is guided in part by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, along with other influential policy documents.     Through the agreement, the parties commit to a...


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