A Multilateral Engagement Process to Improve and Expedite Treaty Negotiations in BC has been signed to address some of the complex challenges to the conclusion of treaty agreements in a more timely and cost-effective manner. The Minister for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad says the treaty process as it stands today means it can sometimes take a generation to reach, which is far too long.
“British Columbia initiated the process to find ways to expedite treaty negotiations and we’ve developed proposals with our treaty partners that will allow us to make progress on issues that have challenged the treaty negotiations for decades,” says John Rustad, the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. “British Columbia continues to seek innovations and is working to accelerate negotiations with pilot tables. British Columbia is committed to improving the treaty process in our effort to bring the considerable benefits of treaty faster and to more First Nations.”
But, because the Lheidli T’enneh are on the verge of ratifying a treaty, this new system will not impact them.