ALIVE to host Trick or Treaty?
(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, BC – October 28, 2021) Today, Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society (ALIVE) announced that on October 31 from 12 pm to 2 pm, it will host Trick or Treaty? on the steps of the British Columbia Legislature. The event will include presentations by Indigenous youth concerning the process of treaty-making in British Columbia and failure of the Crown to recognize the inherent rights of First Nations not involved in the current process.
Scott Clark, ALIVE Executive Director stated, “ALIVE is opposed to the current process being carried out by the British Columbia Treaty Commission and the associated processes which do not consider the interests and needs of First Nations living off reserve and devalues the legal status of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
The Government of Canada recognizes certain principles respecting its relationship with Indigenous peoples. In reference to reconciliation, they stated: “Treaties, agreements, and other constructive arrangements between Indigenous peoples and the Crown have been and are intended to be acts of reconciliation based on mutual recognition and respect.” Constructive dialogue and progress in British Columbia’s Treaty negotiations are not legitimate because the province is not a nation and should not be involved in negotiations.
80% of Indigenous peoples in British Columbia live off reserve, but are not involved in the complex issues and negotiations involved with treaties in the province. The process has not rid itself of the colonial approach of divide and conquer and is not grounded in the principles of UNDRIP. The policies and guidelines related to treaty negotiations need to be reformed and/or interpreted to ensure compliance with the relevant international standards in the Declaration.
The mandate of ALIVE is to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural, health, and general well-being of Indigenous Peoples within the Vancouver area. Working with a place-based framework, ALIVE develops inclusive strategies to support Indigenous individuals, families and extended families.
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