The Treaty Process

Why Treaties?

The treaty negotiations process provides a framework for the three parties: Canada, BC and First Nations – to work towards the common goal of reconciliation, and building a new relationship, through constitutionally entrenched government-to-government-to-government understandings.

Some of the major components integral to modern treaty making

in British Columbia are:

  • aboriginal rights

  • self-government

  • land and resources

  • financial issues

  • fishing

  • forestry

The Klahoose treaty table is in Stage 4 Agreement in Principle negotiations. Klahoose has overlapping and/ or shared territory with its First Nation neighbours: Homalco, Kwakiutl and Tla’amin.

What is Stage Four?

This is where substantive treaty negotiations begin. The three parties examine in detail the elements outlined in their framework agreement. The goal is to reach agreement on each of the topics that will form the basis of the treaty. These agreements will identify and define a range of rights and obligations, including: existing and future interests in land, sea and resources; structures and authorities of government; relationship of laws; regulatory processes; amending processes; dispute resolution; financial component; fiscal relations and so on. The agreement in principle also lays the groundwork for implementation of the treaty.

For more information on the treaty process, please visit the BC Treaty Commission