Despite not having a chief commissioner, the BC Treaty Commission says things remain on course.
Celeste Haldane is the acting chief commissioner, and she says while operations aren’t affected, the underlying message is that the province isn’t committed to reconciliation.
The commission’s annual report highlights the progress made in the treaty process, and that just over half all First Nations in BC have completed treaties or are headed towards that goal.
But she notes, given the recent Tsilhqot’in decision, the ultimate goal is reconciliation, and there are multiple ways towards that.
Former Liberal cabinet minister George Abbott was supposed to be appointed the next chief commissioner on April 1st, but Premier Christy Clark cancelled that appointment, saying she wanted to take the treaty in a new direction.