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Change was the theme of the BC Treaty Commission’s 2013 Annual Report, Pathways to Change.
Our report started out with Chief Commissioner Sophie Pierre stating, “Now is the time for change. There is great opportunity for the three Parties to the British Columbia treaty negotiations process to collectively achieve lasting agreements through fair and effective negotiations.”
Focusing on the changing atmosphere in our annual report inspired the Treaty Commission to reflect on how our role has evolved and changed over the years.

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.

Compelling reasons for treaties

Historic Reasons

Historic Reasons

The border of British Columbia is a relatively new line drawn across a land that has nurtured and sustained an amazing diversity of people, plants and animals for thousands of years.

Legal Reasons

Legal Reasons

Before Confederation the British Crown had signed major treaties. The new Dominion of Canada continued this policy of making treaties before the west was opened up for settlement.

Economic Reasons

Economic Reasons

Treaties will pump billions of dollars into the BC economy making the biggest impact where the money is needed most – in the hands of First Nations and their neighbours in small-town British Columbia.

Governmental Reasons

Governmental Reasons

A 13-year study of indigenous nations in the United States has found economic success is closely linked to the power to make decisions.

News & Events

March 17, 2014

Treaty Commission congratulates Tla’amin on Final Agreement signing ceremony

VANCOUVER - Saturday, March 15 marked a historic day for the Tla’amin Nation as they hosted a powerful Final Agreement signing ceremony. The Tla’amin Final Agreement is the culmination of 20 years of hard work and negotiations and signals a new era of independence for the Tla’amin people.
December 5, 2013

Long-term treaty agreements provide certainty for
energy development in BC

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia Treaty Commission today commends Doug Eyford for underscoring recommendations in four key areas in his report, Forging Partnerships Building Relationships: Aboriginal Canadians and Energy Development.
October 31, 2013

Movement on treaties requires action on Cohen recommendations

After attending yesterday's news conference hosted by the Watershed Watch Salmon Society and the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation, the BC Treaty Commission agrees that the recommendations of the Cohen Inquiry—released 12 months ago today—need to be acted upon by the federal government.
October 8, 2013

Annual Report 2013, Pathways to change

The Treaty Commission has released it's 2013 Annual Report on the status of treaty negotiations and the state of the BC treaty process.
October 7, 2013

Change is achievable, but Parties to BC treaty negotiations process need to refocus efforts

VICTORIA - Is BC committed to long-term solutions? Is Canada committed to negotiating in good faith? Are First Nations committed to solving territorial disputes? The BC Treaty Commission has no choice but to ask these questions due to constant delays that affect the momentum of the treaty negotiations process.
October 3, 2013

BC Treaty Commission News Conference in Victoria;
Live Webcast Available

The BC Treaty Commission will release their 2013 annual report, Pathways to Change, on Tuesday, October 8, at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria. Members of the media are invited to attend to hear from the Treaty Commission about the urgent need for all Parties to the BC treaty negotiations process to refocus their efforts toward meaningful negotiations.
June 13, 2013

BC Treaty Commission anticipates new dynamic in negotiations

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.
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