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Maa-Nulth Treaty Passes Votes in Five Native Communities

The First Nations of the Maa-Nulth Treaty Group have voted in favour of their treaty. From Tom Happynook of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation:

“As of today, I am no longer 6630029501,” said Tom Happynook … citing his status number.

“As of today, I am proud to be a Huu-a-aht. I am proud to be a Maa-Nulth. I am proud to be a British Columbian and I’m proud to be a Canadian” (reported in the Times Colonist).

The vote averaged 80% in favour, across the five First Nations. Votes must now be held in the BC Legislature and the Canadian House of Commons. If approved at those levels, the Treaty could be in place by 2010.

This is the second treaty under the BC Treaty Process to be ratified by native communities. The Tsawwassen Treaty was approved in the summer.

Also:

Island bands approve treaty: Maa-Nulth deal only second under B.C. process (Vancouver Sun)
Second historic first nations treaty agreement ratified in B-C (CKNW)
Maa-Nulth Approve Treaty (The Westcoaster)

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