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Prince George-Area Treaty Initialed

The Province of British Columbia has issued a press release confirming that the Lheidli T’enneh Treaty has been initialed. (Follow this link for Opinion250.com’s report from Prince George. It includes photographs of the signing.)

This is a significant difference from the hand-shake agreement with the Tsawwassen First Nation where a hand-shake was said to have signaled a treaty back in August. No press release was forthcoming from the BC government at that time and no press release about a Tsawwassen Treaty has ever been issued.

The Lheidli T’enneh Treaty will be voted on by Lheidli T’enneh voters in mid January. The community leadership want approval by 70% of all votes cast in order to ratify the deal. Approval by BC and Canada could take a year after ratification.

Opinion250.com provides a synopsis of treaty highlights.

See previous blog posts:

Treaty Process Moving in Two Directions. (October 28, 2006)

Treaty Concluded in BC Lower Mainland. (September 4, 2006)

Update

Today’s news (Oct 30, 2006) brings additional reporting of the treaty signing. See:

The Vancouver Sun (or here) which suggests that the treaty foreshadows the forthcoming Tsawwassen Treaty. The story acknowledges criticism of both of these treaties on the lines that they create race-based fisheries.

The Prince George Citizen
which outlines the details of the treaty.

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