Last week’s surprise rejection of George Abbott as new Chief Commissioner for the BC Treaty Commission is raising concern among First Nation stakeholders.
George Abbott, a former Liberal cabinet minister, was poised to take over on April 1st from Sophie Pierre.
But Premier Christy Clark rejected his appointment saying she wants the treaty process to go in a different direction.
Abbott’s sudden rejection is raising questions among First Nations stakeholders about the sincerity of the province to negotiate in good faith according to Tsimshian Treaty Society Chief Negotiator Gerald Wesley.
He says it appears the province wants to make sweeping changes to the treaty process without the engagement or consultation of First Nations.