BC Treaty Annual Report 2014
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Ratification Forum brings First Nations leaders together for sharing and learning

On February 9, First Nations leaders from across BC met in Vancouver to attend the BC Treaty Commission’s First Nations Ratification Forum. Attendees heard about the challenges, successes, frustrations and lessons their peers have experienced during AIP and Final Agreement ratification efforts.
First Nations leaders Miles Richardson, Angela Wesley and Kim Baird and BC Treaty Commission director Mark Smith led participants in breakout sessions.

Role of the BC Treaty Commission


FACILITATION: Our primary role is to oversee treaty negotiations.
COMMUNICATIONS: We provide public information and education resources.
FUNDING: We allocate negotiation support funding to First Nations.

Forum Materials


Modern Treaty Self Governance

Modern Treaty Self Governance

First Nations Ratification Forum

First Nations Ratification Forum



Compelling reasons for treaties


Historic Reasons

Historic Reasons

Legal Reasons

Legal Reasons

Economic Reasons

Economic Reasons

Governmental Reasons

Governmental Reasons

News & Events

June 22, 2015

A Renewed Time of Reconciliation for All Canadians

VANCOUVER – The Treaty Commission urges all Canadians to reflect on National Aboriginal Day and National Aboriginal History Month, and the recent report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

April 10, 2015

Treaty Commission Congratulates Parties on Te'Mexw Agreement in Principle Signing

VANCOUVER – Thursday, April 9, 2015 marks an important day for the five communities that make up the Te'Mexw Treaty Association, and for Canada and British Columbia.

April 8, 2015

The True Investment in Treaty Negotiations

VANCOUVER – Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Recently there have been incorrect reports about the number of First Nations in the treaty negotiations process and the amount of money spent.

April 2, 2015

Treaty Commission embraces expanded mandate

VANCOUVER – Thursday, April 2, 2015. The Treaty Commission is encouraged with the release of the report by Ministerial Special Representative, Douglas R. Eyford, on renewing the Comprehensive Land Claims Policy, A New Direction: Advancing Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.

March 26, 2015

Unilateral inaction by BC Government undermines treaty negotiations

VANCOUVER – Thursday, March 26, 2015. "It is troubling to hear such a fundamental disconnect on critically important negotiations that affect the very future of this Province. These are negotiations -- legal and constitutional negotiations," said Chief Commissioner Sophie Pierre in reaction to statements yesterday from the Premier.
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