What is this engagement about?
On March 28, 2019, Cheslatta Carrier Nation and the provincial government signed a Settlement Agreement to address the historic impacts of the Kenney Dam and Nechako Reservoir on the Cheslatta people. The Settlement Agreement, along with a forward looking Interim Reconciliation Agreement, 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.
The Settlement Agreement provides financial payments and land transfers and tenures to Cheslatta over a 10-year period in return for full and final settlement of Cheslatta claims against B.C. related to impacts of the Nechako Reservoir on their rights and title interests. The Interim Reconciliation Agreement addresses collaborative management of protected areas, fish and wildlife, and community-led cultural, heritage and training initiatives, including language revitalization with funding of $400,000 per year for 10 years.
Please read the Information Sheet from June 2018 for more background about the negotiations, and a new Backgrounder for more information about the agreements.
Input from the Public Open House
B.C., in collaboration with Cheslatta, held a public open house on June 19, 2018, in Burns Lake to share information about the purpose and progress of negotiations towards reconciliation and settlement. Attendees included local government, neighbouring First Nations, community members, stakeholders, and tenure holders with interests overlapping the lands under discussion
The Draft Map of ‘Lands Under Discussion’ that was shared at the open house is not part of the Settlement Agreement, but does likely highlight areas where Cheslatta may identify lands for transfer and tenure.
B.C. and Cheslatta have both communicated with neighbouring First Nations, Local Governments, and stakeholders throughout the last year.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions sheet for more information on this engagement.
Questions and comments? Please contact:
Colleen.Gellein@gov.bc.ca at the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Skeena Region.
Land transfers and tenures
Cheslatta will identify lands for consideration for transfer and tenure. Lands identified will be subject to detailed analysis and extensive engagement with neighbouring First Nations and stakeholders before decisions are made by BC.
B.C. and Cheslatta will make best efforts to resolve any concerns before any conclusions on eligibility for transfer of specific parcels are made.
B.C. will consider the range of public interests such as access to existing recreation facilities and lands beyond, both of which will be maintained.
Land transfers and tenures acquired by Cheslatta will be subject to provincial and local government laws, including applicable zoning, land use, land development and property tax laws.
The process for land selection, approval by BC of specific parcels, survey and transfer is expected to take several years as a minimum and may take up to 10 years to finalize the full land package.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: May 17, 2018 to July 31, 2020
Category: Families & Residents
Type: In-person, E-mail