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Maa-Nulth Treaty (Vancouver Island) Implemented

The First Nations comprising the Maa-Nulth Treaty Group implemented their treaty with BC and Canada. It is the second BC Treaty Process Treaty to be implemented after the Tsawwassen Treaty in 2009. Here’s a round-up of the news:

New, April 9, 2011:

Treaty opens up a world of opportunity for First Nation (Victoria Times Colonist)

Maa-nulth escapes Indian Act after signing historic treaty (APTN; with video)

Maa-nulth treaty takes away rights (


B.C. first nations celebrate self-government (Globe and Mail); note the reader comments and the pervasive public misunderstanding of treaties and aboriginal rights

We’re letting the wild coast slip away: Development debate long overdue for south Island wilderness areas (Victoria Times Colonist); debate about private property and development on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Read more:

B.C. First Nations celebrate self-government (Toronto Star)

Historic treaty will allow B.C.’s Maa-nulth First Nations to go beyond the Indian Act (The First Perspective)

Citizenship at hand for five Vancouver Island bands (Montreal Gazette)

Maa-nulth Nations expected to hit the ground running April 1 with laws in place (Alberni Valley Times)

Vancouver Island aboriginals celebrate treaty (

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