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 two agreements are: a Settlement Agreement, which includes a financial component and a land package, and an Interim Reconciliation Agreement, which 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.
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. Sixty-six people attended the open house, including local government, neighbouring First Nations, community members, stakeholders, and tenure holders with interests overlapping the lands under discussion.
The Settlement Agreement’s proposed land package was a key focus. The land package is not final and is subject to change based on further analysis, consultation with other First Nations and engagement with stakeholders and tenure holders.
View the Guidelines for Land Selection and the Draft Map of Lands Under Discussion that depicts areas within which parcels may be confirmed for transfer to Cheslatta.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions sheet for more information on this engagement.
Questions and comments? Please contact:
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Skeena Region
What’s next? How can my contribution make a difference?
B.C. and Cheslatta aim to finalize terms of both agreements, with the exception of the land package, before the end of 2018. The timeline to confirm specific land parcels is expected to be mid-to-late 2019.
Before reaching agreement or making decisions about specific land parcels for transfer or disposition to Cheslatta, B.C. will consult with neighbouring First Nations that have overlapping interests on the lands package. B.C. will also engage with any affected tenure holders and other stakeholders. What we hear through these processes will be considered before specific land parcels are confirmed for transfer or disposition to Cheslatta.
The open house was an initial step in what will be a longer engagement and consultation process on the land package beginning this fall.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: May 17, 2018 to December 31, 2019
Category: Families & Residents
Type: In-person, E-mail