Wednesday, April 04, 2007

BC Treaty Process

With the defeat of the Lhiedli Tenneh final agreement, this once again calls in question the approach the Crown is taking to Treaty making in BC.

  • Sechelt voted down their Agreement in Principle
  • Ts'kw'ayalxw voted to leave the process before an AIP because the community could not see a settlement meeting their needs
  • Snuneymuxw First Nation did not ratify their AIP
  • Nuu-Chah-Nulth did not ratify their AIP

There are many other tables spinning their wheels because everyone involved knows that the community will vote down the settlement.

The process has some major flaws, in part I would argue that the First Nations made a major error in not coming to the table as a single group to negotiate an umbrella framework for what a Treaty will look like. With so many different negotiations, effectively the government can dictate the terms of the Treaty. At best the negotiations are about ow to arrange the deck chairs and not about the direction the ship is going.

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