Treaty Process

The Kitselas Treaty Team and negotiators from both the Government of British Columbia and Canada meet regularly to negotiate chapters in the Treaty. The British Columbia Treaty Commission (BCTC), known as the ‘Keepers of the Treaty Process’, is also at the negotiating table.

Each negotiation session usually lasts three days. Negotiations are broken down into sessions, with each session scheduled on separate days:

1. Chief Negotiators Session

Where all of the high-level discussions and decisions are made regarding the Kitselas Treaty. This includes important agenda items, such as overlap consultation, strength of claim, Forestry Agreements, land and cash offers and the Treaty closing plan.  

2. Main Table Working Group

Where Working Group updates are reported and edits to the Treaty language are negotiated and decided.

3. Fisheries

Where allocation for food, social and ceremonial fish and other species are discussed. Treaty chapter language is decided on and inserted into the Treaty.

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