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Category Archives: Treaties

The Musqueam Land Deal Discussed at ‘Forests and Oceans’

Charles Menzies has a thoughtful post about the disconnect between the public’s intellectual ability to accept aboriginal land and title rights and the emotional refusal to accept that the UBC Golf Course and part of a popular park could be returned to the Musequeam First Nation in a land settlement. Charles asks specifically for responses […]

Tsawwassen Treaty Legislation Introduced in House

Legislation to make the Tsawwassen Treaty law in Canada has been introduced in the House of Commons.

Maa-nulth Treaty Is Ratified

The Maa-nulth treaty on the west coast of Vancouver Island has received royal assent.

Maa-Nulth Treaty Before Legislature

The Maa-nulth treaty was introduced in the BC Legislature today. The treaty, involving five First Nations from the west coast of Vancouver Island, was ratified in the native communities in October. The BC Legislature hopes to ratify the treaty before the fall session ends next week. Sphere: Related Content

Tsawwassen Treaty News Roundup

The Tsawwassen Treaty has passed the third and final vote in the BC Legislature. The story is widely covered, as are the political games around the final vote. In sum: The Liberal government took the unusual step of calling a third-reading vote on the treaty immediately following question period, when most MLAs are in the […]

Update: Tsawwassen Treaty (Partly) Ratified

The Tsawwassen Treaty was ratified yesterday by the British Columbia legislature. Next step: ratification by the government of Canada. Update Apparently I’m not the only one that forgot that the Canadian system for passing laws requires three readings and three votes. From the Victoria Times Colonist: The Tsawwassen treaty has not yet passed third reading […]

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 […]

Gordon Campbell: Champion of Native Causes

The Globe and Mail reports today (or here) on the changes in BC Premier Gordon Campbell’s views on aboriginal issues over the past ten years.

Maa-nulth Treaty Vote Next Week

The First Nations of the Maa-nulth Treaty Group are voting next week on their treaty with BC and Canada. The First Nations involved are the Toquaht, Uchucklesaht, Ucluelet, Huu-ay-aht, and Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’; all from the west coast of Vancouver Island. The Huu-ay-aht endorsed the treaty during voting in July. Results from the other four communities will […]

Lheidli T’enneh Treaty Post-Mortem

Months after the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation (Prince George area) rejected a treaty settlement with the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada, the BC Treaty Commission has released two research reports into why the treaty failed to gain support. The first report, titled ‘Lheidli T’enneh Communications Probe,’ provides a breakdown of voting […]