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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...
KKTC Parties Signing MOU
Ktunaxa Kinbasket Treaty Council MOU continues progress and innovation in treaty negotiations
Congratulations to Ktunaxa Kinbasket Treaty Council (KKTC) and the governments of Canada and British Columbia on the signing of the Ktunaxa Nation Rights Recognition and Core Treaty Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  The MOU is a unique approach to expediting negotiations and advancing the treaty table based on a rights recognition approach. The MOU also sets out the intentions of the parties to develop a “core” treaty with supplemental side agreements.  “This is the second MOU transitioning...
Principals signing the Principals' Accord
Canada, British Columbia and First Nations Summit sign accord committing to changing BC treaty negotiations
Today the Principals of the BC treaty negotiations process, the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, and the First Nations Summit, signed the Principals’ Accord on Transforming Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia. This Accord further strengthens the goals of treaty negotiations: recognition and protection of Aboriginal title and rights, nation-building, and establishing a government-to-government relationship. “The Treaty Commission has long advocated for fundamental...
Stolo MOU Signing
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding leads innovation in treaty negotiations
Congratulations to Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association (SXTA) and the governments of Canada and British Columbia on the signing of a unique Memorandum of Understanding that will advance the negotiations table to Stage 5 of the BC treaty negotiations process.  The agreement establishes a revitalized living treaty approach based on government mandates for rights recognition and the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.    “With the signing of this Memorandum...
AR 2018
BC treaty negotiations transforming Indigenous rights recognition
Treaty negotiations are leading the way in reconciliation and providing answers to important questions about Indigenous rights recognition, land ownership, and resource development in Canada.  Today the BC Treaty Commission released its 2018 annual report highlighting innovations in treaty negotiations that are transforming the government-to-government relationship with Indigenous Peoples. We commend the Principals for embracing new initiatives that will result in improved policy and legal...


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