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1

We have an inalienable right to exist as distinct peoples.

2

Our participation in this and any subsequent discussions does not constitute abandonment of each First Nation's understanding of Aboriginal Title and Treaty Rights.

3

Our mandate is to advance discussions with Governments in order to position First Nations to conduct their own direct negotiations with the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia.

4

We are not proposing a process which promotes a blanket resolution but rather, a General Framework which would outline the scope of negotiations, the time frames, funding arrangements and the implementation of such interim measures as may be required.

5

We support and endorse negotiation currently underway in particular, those of the Nisga'a Nation. This is not an acceptance of any settlement model to be imposed on any other Tribal group or Nation.

6

We hereby reaffirm our conviction that all First Nations have the right to be represented by whomever they choose. First Nations' political institutions must be recognized, respected, and incorporated into the Process at the desire of those First Nations.

7

Third party interests are represented by the Federal and Provincial governments.

8

The content of any negotiations will include, among other things:

a. Land and Water
b. Compensation
c. Self-government
d. Access to and ownership of natural resources.

9

Final resolutions shall constitute land claims agreements within the meaning of s. 25 and s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.


S.25 AND S.35 OF THE CONSTITUTION ACT, 1982

GENERAL

S.25. THE GUARANTEE IN THIS CHARTER OF CERTAIN RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED SO AS TO ABROGATE OR DEROGATE FROM ANY ABORIGINAL, TREATY OR OTHER RIGHTS OR FREEDOMS THAT PERTAIN TO THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLES OF CANADA INCLUDING:
 

(a) ANY RIGHTS OR FREEDOMS THAT HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED BY THE ROYAL PROCLAMATION OF OCTOBER 7, 1763; AND

(b) ANY RIGHTS OR FREEDOMS THAT MAY BE ACQUIRED BY THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLES OF CANADA BY WAY OF LAND CLAIMS SETTLEMENT."

PART II

RIGHTS OF THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLES OF CANADA

S.35.

(1) THE EXISTING ABORIGINAL AND TREATY RIGHTS OF THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLES OF CANADA ARE HEREBY RECOGNIZED AND AFFIRMED.

(2) IN THIS ACT, 'ABORIGINAL PEOPLES OF CANADA' INCLUDES THE INDIAN, INUIT AND METIS PEOPLES OF CANADA."

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