The First Nations Summit and the Treaty Negotiation Process
mandate is to represent the interests of First Nations which have agreed
to participate in treaty negotiations. The Summit's role is not to negotiate
treaties on behalf of First Nations, but to support local First Nations'
negotiations. In doing so, the Summit also recognizes that not all First
Nations in the Province have chosen to participate in the treaty process.
The Summit respects each First Nation's right to determine its own course.
The 1991 Report of the British Columbia Claims Task Force Report lays
the foundation for the treaty process in BC.
Nations Summit adopted fundamental principles, which are the basis of
our discussions with Canada and British Columbia. We at the Summit table
are mindful that in our respective territories we are autonomous, and
make decisions about our Nations that are important to our people in our
respective territories. We come to the Summit table to share ideas and
strategies on how to collectively reach negotiated treaty agreements and
advance aboriginal rights.
current Status of Negotiations, the BC
Treaty Commission web site posts a regular update here.