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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...
RRR Policy Signed by Principals
Canada, British Columbia, and First Nations Summit endorse new negotiating policy: Indigenous rights recognition and no extinguishment
  The Principals of the BC treaty negotiations process endorsed a policy on Wednesday that will significantly advance reconciliation in BC. The Recognition and Reconciliation of Rights Policy for Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia (“the policy”) was co-developed by Canada, British Columbia, and the First Nations Summit and makes it clear that negotiations are based on the recognition of the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples.  Rights recognition was always the intention of treaty...
Debt burden on reconciliation eliminated in federal Budget 2019
The Treaty Commission acknowledges the federal government for eliminating outstanding treaty negotiations loans in the Budget 2019: Investing in the Middle Class to Grow Canada’s Economy.  “The Treaty Commission has long advocated for the elimination of loans in treaty negotiations. It is encouraging to see this issue finally being addressed and demonstrates real progress towards reconciliation,” said Chief Commissioner Celeste Haldane. Treaty loan elimination, contribution-only funding,...
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...


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