June 13, 2013
VANCOUVER - With the recent appointment of Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, John Rustad, last week's election of the First Nations Summit Task group and the February appointment of Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Bernard Valcourt, the Treaty Commission today congratulates these leaders and looks forward to seeing a new dynamic in treaty negotiations.
May 30, 2013
While "beating the drum of Constitutional change" became the mantra for participants of the November Ottawa Beyond
Section 35 symposium, participants of the February BC forum embraced the idea introduced by Neil Sterritt to do everything we can to "close the gap" between the promise of Section 35 and the reality of the present state of affairs.
April 15, 2013
VANCOUVER – Sophie Pierre was reappointed as Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission on Friday, April 12, 2013. Pierre was reappointed upon agreement from the three Principals of the Treaty process: the governments of Canada, British Columbia and the First Nations Summit.
March 8, 2013
VANCOUVER – BC Treaty Commissioners Robert Phillips and Celeste Haldane have reclaimed their positions by acclamation following the First Nations Summit meeting on Wednesday. Both Commissioners will serve additional two-year terms with the Commission.
February 18, 2013
VANCOUVER – The Beyond Section 35 Symposium will tomorrow bring together over 120 Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, academics and top legal minds in Vancouver BC. Participants will engage in a two-day dialogue about the substantial impact that Section 35 recognition of Aboriginal rights has had on altering both federal/provincial law and policy regarding Indigenous Peoples and governance in Canada.
February 18, 2013
VANCOUVER – The BC Treaty Commission recognizes and supports the ongoing engagement between the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs and two of the Tsimshian First Nations, Kitselas and Kitsumkalum, in their efforts to resolve their overlapping territorial issues. Kitselas and Kitsumkalum are both advancing towards ...
January 28, 2013
VANCOUVER – The BC Treaty Commission and the New Relationship Trust, working with the Institute on
Governance, will host a two-day symposium on February 19 and 20 at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. This event will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders to talk about the success and challenges of making social and economic progress in First Nations communities. More ...
October 10, 2012
Twenty years after the BC Treaty Process Agreement was signed, the BC Treaty Commission has today released its annual report titled “Learning from our Success”. At the press conference today, Chief Commissioner Sophie Pierre noted, “The treaty negotiations process the parties signed on to 20 years ago is not broken, the principles it was based on are not broken, what is broken ...