What is this engagement about?
In the spirit of reconciliation, the Province of British Columbia (B.C.) and the Cheslatta Carrier Nation (Cheslatta) are negotiating two agreements to address long standing injustices related to the Kenney Dam and Nechako Reservoir. These agreements will support Cheslatta’s social and economic well-being and cultural revitalization, and advance reconciliation consistent with B.C.’s commitment to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Negotiations between B.C. and Cheslatta began in May 2016, and a Framework Agreement was signed in September 2016 as an initial step towards settlement and reconciliation.
The proposed Settlement Agreement being negotiated by B.C. and Cheslatta includes a financial component and a land package. The proposed Interim Reconciliation Agreement addresses collaborative management of protected areas, fish and wildlife, and community-led cultural, heritage and training initiatives, including language revitalization.
Please read the Information Sheet for more background about the negotiations.
B.C., in collaboration with Cheslatta, is hosting a public open house in Burns Lake to share information about the progress of negotiations to date. The open house is an opportunity to learn more about the goals and objectives of these negotiations, including specific areas under discussion in the land package, and is an opportunity to provide input into how further public and stakeholder engagement is carried out.
The open house is scheduled for Tuesday June 19, from 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Burns Lake Band Gathering Place, 675 Highway 16 West, Burns Lake.
Questions and comments can be emailed to:
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
How can my contribution make a difference?
By attending the open house you are part of the Province’s effort to build relationships and a lasting approach to reconciliation. Your comments will inform the Province’s process for engaging stakeholders and consulting First Nations on the land component of the proposed Settlement Agreement with Cheslatta.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: May 16 – June 19, 2018
Category: Families & Residents
Type: In-person, E-mail