Ministers Meeting Helpful to Negotiations
December 12, 2005:
By the federal government making this commitment to
First Nations, it is going to bring about a change in the
environment, it's going to improve our dialogue and it's going
to bring about a more positive environment in which negotiations
can be fruitful," says Chief Commissioner Steven Point.
Commissioner Speaks to UBCM:
October 14, 2005: Chief
Commissioner Steven Point speaks to UBCM conference delegates
on the importance of a new relationship with First Nations.
Point: Treaty Commission Annual Report 2005
2005: Says the Commission�"the Treaty Commission
believes the prospects for agreements in the years ahead should
be much better. The preparedness, generally, of the parties
to enter into treaties is improving and the issues are better
understood. Under these conditions, there are First Nations
that are moving forward relatively quickly now towards agreements."
from the Chief Commisioner
First of all I would like to applaud the commissioners and
staff for steering the Treaty Commission over the past year
We're at a changing point.
in the absence of a chief commissioner
and also for their support and encouragement since I was appointed
six months ago.
Second I'd like to share my experience
with regard to a very significant event. I was supposed to
be in Ottawa on Thursday, June 16 to meet with Indian Affairs
Minister Andy Scott, but the meeting was cancelled. So, I
was fortunate to be in Victoria on a very special day - the
day the BC government ended 134 years of denial and finally
gave recognition to aboriginal rights and title in this province.