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BC Treaty Commission aims for more First Nations deals with expedited process


Leaders of the Tla’amin Nation celebrate their final agreement in 2014, one of few First Nations to complete the modern-day treaty process in British Columbia. (Tla’amin Nation)

WP Note: every few years the governments and BC Treaty Commission attempt to revitalize the “modern day” treaty process, which began in 1993 and has seen over half a billion dollars paid out to band councils involved in negotiations, most of which must be repaid once a treaty is completed.  Many grassroots Natives oppose the BC treaty process because it’s 1) a fraudulent process negotiated between government funded and imposed band councils and the provincial and federal governments (meaning these are not treaties between sovereign nations), and 2) it is part of the state’s long term strategy of legal, political and economic assimilation through which bands will no longer be under the Indian Act and reserve lands are transformed to fee simple property which can be bought, sold or leased like any other property, and 3) it is part of the overall “self-government” policy which ends with bands self-managing their own oppression.

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Tla’amin Nation finalize treaty with B.C., Canada


Tla’amin First Nation band council members with final agreement.

Treaty confirms Tla’amin control of 8,000 hectares near Powell River

CBC News, April 5, 2016

After more than 20 years of negotiation, the Tla’amin First Nation has implemented a treaty that gives it control of its traditional territory around Powell River, B.C.

It means the community of more than 1,000 people are no longer governed by the Federal Indian Act and has the power to design its own laws and make its own land-use decisions. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP Attend Secwepemc Elder’s Residence after his Public Opposition to the BC Treaty Process and Calls for Gustafsen Lake Inquiry

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RCMP at the NStQ treaty vote in Williams Lake, Feb 11, 2016.

by Ts’Peten Defence Committee, March 2, 2016

On February 26th, 2016 at approximately 11am, 2 RCMP officers attended Wolverine’s residence in Secwepemculecw. Sergeant Frank Paul of the Southeast District Advisory NCO, Aboriginal Policing Services, located in Kelowna claimed his reason for attending was in response to the Notice of Dispute regarding the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) Treaty/BC Treaty Process the Ts’Peten Defence Committee sent on February 10th, 2016 to the RCMP and various international bodies, including United Nations officials (see February 10th letter below this one).

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Yale First Nation puts hold on treaty implementation

Yale First Nation logo 1Statement cites ‘flaws’ that cannot be solved within treaty process

B.C.’s troubled treaty process has been dealt another major blow with the announcement Thursday by a tiny First Nation along the Fraser River that it is suspending implementation of its agreement.

The Yale First Nation is one of a handful of First Nations to complete negotiations with the federal and B.C. governments since the costly process began in 1992.

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Secwepemc women shut down treaty vote in Williams Lake

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Secwepemc women disrupt vote for BC treaty process held by the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council in Williams Lake, Feb 11, 2016. Photo: Facebook

Feb 11, 2016

A group of Secwpemc women shut down a treaty vote being held by the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council (NStQ) in Williams Lake, BC.  One person was briefly detained by police but reportedly released.  A corporate news report is below: Read the rest of this entry

B.C. hopes to accelerate First Nations treaty negotiations, UBCM told

B.C. treaty process too slow say governments, native leaders

Songhees First Nation Chief Ron Sam speaking at the signing ceremony for the Te'mexw Agreement in Principle Treaty on April 9, 2015. (Murray Rankin/Twitter)

Songhees First Nation Chief Ron Sam speaking at the signing ceremony for the Te’mexw Agreement in Principle Treaty on April 9, 2015. (Murray Rankin/Twitter)

Modern day treaty process has produced only 4 treaties in 20 years

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press/CBC News, April 12, 2015

There is easy agreement between First Nations and the British Columbia and federal governments that treaty negotiations are languishing, expensive and fraught with obstacles, but all sides have completely different views on how to solve the problem.

The agony and ecstasy of the maligned and saluted treaty process was on full display last week when hundreds of cheering people witnessed the signing of an agreement-in-principle on a southern Vancouver Island treaty after 20 years of talks. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. treaty process in limbo after province pulls chief commissioner

Property taxation begins for Nisga’a


Nisgaa Taxation cartoon 1by  Josh Massey, Terrace Standard, March 11, 2015

For husband and wife Oscar and Mary Moore, the dawning of the property taxation era in the Nass Valley means hope that the dirt roads in their home town of Gingolx will soon be paved, although they say that other community members do not agree with paying property tax.

“It’s something I think we understand that we need in order for us to get proper facilities in our reserve, like a paved road and stuff like that,” said Oscar Moore, who has worked most of his life as a master carver of drums and household merchandise.

First it was sales taxes and then income taxes and now it’s property taxes as the Nisga’a Lisims Government works on establishing revenue sources needed to run and operate their nation. Read the rest of this entry

Okanagan National Alliance launches court challenge of B.C. Treaty process

No Justice Stolen Land logoOverlapping land claims at centre of lawsuit questioning the legality of the B.C. treaty process

The Canadian Press/CBC,  Aug 12, 2014

A stack of overlapping land claims by First Nations is a “cancer” within British Columbia’s treaty process, says a prominent provincial chief spearheading a court challenge of the decades-old method of negotiating aboriginal rights and title in the province.

The seven-members Okanagan National Alliance has filed a civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver disputing the B.C. Treaty Process, and centres it legal action around an agreement between the province and Ktunaxa Nation Council.

The incremental treaty agreement was signed in March 2013 and gives the Cranbrook, B.C., nation and its adjoining bands 242 hectares of land in the West Kootenay. The deal is the first stage of forging a broader treaty. Read the rest of this entry