The BC treaty negotiations process is a voluntary and inclusive framework for all First Nations in British Columbia. There are 66 self-determining First Nations, representing over half of all Indian Act bands in BC, have participated in or completed treaties through this process. A “First Nation” is defined as a self-defined governing body mandated to enter negotiations with Canada and BC, and this principle of self-definition is consistent with the right to self-determination affirmed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The Treaty Commission provides a common reference point by referring to Indian Act bands in its statistical reporting.
The documents below are recent transition agreements and memorandums signed by participating First Nations and the governments of Canada and British Columbia in the treaty negotiations process.
The Wei Wai Kum First Nation (Campbell River Indian Band) / Kwiakah First Nation (Kwiakah Indian Band) Transition to Stage 5 and Treaty Revitalization Agreement was signed July 28, 2019, and the Parties are in Stage 5 negotiations.
Please see the Negotiations Process page, which sets out the BC Treaty Commission policies and procedures for Stages 1 – 4 of the six-stage treaty negotiations process.
It also sets out the Treaty Commission basic policies on Dispute Resolution and Interim Measures.