Treaty Vote Delayed

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV
Treaty Vote Delayed

A second vote on a proposed treaty between the Lheidli T’enneh, the federal government and the provincial government was set to wrap up this past Saturday, but that vote has been delayed.
“The Band was concerned. There are a lot of new members since the last vote, which was almost a decade ago now. So they want to make sure people have the right information and they’ve asked for a delay,” explains John Rustad, the Minister for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. “My understanding is that they are looking for a date in June. They’ve approached us [the Provincial government]. We’ve said we’re okay with delaying until then.”
Back in late October 2006, the parties gathered at the Civic Centre for the official signing of the agreement but in the following March, 52% of band members voted down the treaty.
“We’re hopeful that it’s successful. If they decide to go in a different path, that’s democracy.  We’ll still find ways to work with the Lheidli T’enneh,” says Rustad.
The federal government has yet to give its support to the suggested dates in June.

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