Next Tuesday will see a major milestone for the Kitsumkalum and Kitselas treaty process.
The the federal and provincial government will sign off on the Kitselas and Kitsumkalum Treaty Agreements-in-Principle
Both Kitselas and Kitsumkalum approved their AIP by a vote in early 2013.
The formal signing of the AIPs will commit all parties to address outstanding issues from the negotiations.
This will officially move both Kitselas and Kitsumkalum into Stage Five of the B.C. Treaty Commission process.
Alex Bolton, Chief Negotiator for Kitsumkalum said they’ve waited over two years for this moment.
Mel Bevan, Chief Negotiator for Kitselas added that moving on to Stage Five is a major step towards settling the outstanding land-claim their grandparents asked them to finish.
He said it’ll be up to their children and grandchildren to rebuild their community, and a Treaty will give them the authority and the tools to do so.
An Agreement-in-Principle is not legally binding, but it is the framework to a Final Agreement.
The two Nations will work towards a Final Agreement within the next two years.
Once a Final Agreement is complete eligible voters will need to approve it with a ratification vote.