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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

Five first nations reach pre-treaty land deal with B.C. government

Dirk Meissner, The Globe and Mail/The Canadian Press, Tuesday, Feb. 26 2013No Justice Stolen Land button

A parking lot near the British Columbia legislature in Victoria and the current site of a government liquor store in nearby Esquimalt are two of several Vancouver Island properties slated to be transferred to five first nations in advance of treaty settlements.

The land agreements are all on southern Vancouver Island, as are the five first nations involved. Read the rest of this entry