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Year in Review 2020
2020 Year In Review
COVID-19 Pandemic and Treaty Negotiations Although 2020 has been filled with unforeseen challenges due to the COVID pandemic, the work of negotiations and reconciliation has continued. First Nations, the governments of Canada and BC, and the Treaty Commission have continued our collective work, moving negotiations online. This has required all the Parties to change the way we engage and work, challenging us to do things differently. Each of the Parties are to be commended for responding to the...
National Indigenous History Month
National Indigenous History Month
Celebrated every June, National Indigenous History Month is a time when Canadians honour the history, heritage and diversity of First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples, and recognize the strength of Indigenous communities.  June 2020 marks the 11th anniversary of National Indigenous History Month (previously known as National Aboriginal History Month). It is also a time for British Columbians and Canadians to reflect on the ongoing work of reconciliation.   This year, June 2nd also marked the...
Chief Commissioner Celeste Haldane
Principals reappoint Chief Commissioner Celeste Haldane
“I am honoured to be reappointed by Canada, British Columbia and the First Nations Summit and to continue serving as Chief Commissioner.” – Celeste Haldane As announced on May 22nd, the First Nations Summit, the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada have reappointed Chief Commissioner Celeste Haldane to another three-year term. "I am honoured to be reappointed by Canada, British Columbia and the First Nations Summit and to continue serving as Chief Commissioner. Although...
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...


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