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VANCOUVER, April 1 – First Nations leaders with treaties agree implementation is challenging but signing a treaty was the right decision for their people. Sharing their experience in treaty making was the focus of the conference Preparing for The Day After Treaty hosted by the BC Treaty Commission and the Nisga’a Lisims Government. A resource book containing the conference proceedings is now available from the Treaty Commission. The book contains transcripts of the keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshop sessions that addressed the issues First Nations face in ratifying and implementing treaties.
The three-day forum, held in November 2007, brought together First Nations leaders, lawyers and negotiators experienced in treaty negotiations to share their experience with those First Nations still seeking treaties. The workshop sessions explored treaty issues, including applying best practices in ratification, achieving economic self sufficiency, and building capacity through self-government.
“The book captures the wealth of knowledge that was shared at the Preparing for The Day After Treaty conference in one convenient document,” says Treaty Commission Acting Chief Commissioner Jody Wilson. “It will serve as an excellent resource for those First Nations still seeking treaties.”
Featured keynote speakers included Nelson Leeson, president of the Nisga’a Lisims Government, who shared the Nisga’a experience negotiating over 20 years the first modern-day treaty in British Columbia.
Forum participants also heard from The Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of BC; Paul Kaludjak, president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.; Matthew Coon Come, Council of Crees, Jim Aldridge, legal counsel for the Nisga’a Lisims Government; Robert Morales, chief negotiator for the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group; Chief Bill Cranmer of the ‘Namgis Nation; and Marvin George, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation treaty manager.
In 2007, six First Nations ratified two final agreements under the BC treaty process. Three other First Nations are expected to conclude final agreement negotiations soon, while several others are expected to conclude agreement in principal negotiations.
Electronic copies of the book are available on the BC Treaty Commission website – bctreaty.net. Printed copies can be obtained by calling 604-482-9200 or e-mailing email@example.com.
About the BC Treaty Commission
The Treaty Commission is the independent body responsible for overseeing treaty negotiations among the governments of Canada, BC and First Nations in BC. It has three roles: facilitation, funding and public information and education.
Established in 1992, the Treaty Commission and six-stage treaty process are designed to advance treaty negotiations. The Treaty Commission comprises a provincial appointee, a federal appointee, two First Nations Summit appointees and a chief commissioner chosen by agreement of all three parties. For more information about the BC Treaty Commission, please visit bctreaty.net.
For further information: Brian Mitchell, Communications Manager, BC Treaty Commission, (604) 482-9215 or (604) 788-5190, firstname.lastname@example.org
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