Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

Tsilhqot’in and B.C. sign historic accord

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Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

Tsilhqot’in and B.C. sign historic accord

Media Contacts
Lisa Leslie
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
250 213-7724
Myanna Desaulniers
Communication Coordinator
Tsilhqot’in National Government
778 836-0122
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Media Contacts
Lisa Leslie
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
250 213-7724
Myanna Desaulniers
Communication Coordinator
Tsilhqot’in National Government
778 836-0122

Backgrounders

Elements of Nenqay Deni Accord

Social-cultural:

A Social, Cultural, Education and Justice Sub-Table will be established to achieve a shared vision and Social and Cultural Action Plan to improve the health, standard of living and education of the Tsilhqot’in people, while reducing over-representation of Tsilhqot’in citizens within the justice system through innovative prevention strategies and alternative.

Sustainable Economic Base:

With the establishment of an Economic Development Sub-Table, an Economic Action Plan will be drafted, focusing on the improvement of participation in resource development and economic initiatives within the Tsilhqot’in territory.

Lands and Resources:

A lands and resources management framework will be established in support of strategic planning and shared commitments for the territory. Along with strategic planning, B.C. and the Tsilhqot’in National Government commit to negotiating land areas, designated as areas of Tsilhqot’in ownership, management and control within the Tsilhqot’in Territory. This applies to Crown land only. The size and specific geographic location of these lands has not been predetermined.

Declared Aboriginal Title Land:

The Declared Aboriginal title land within the caretaker area of Xeni Gwet’in will remain within the full management, control and benefit of the Tsilhqot’in Nation. However, a group of senior officials will be tasked with supporting the practical transition of this area from provincial management to Tsilhqot’in ownership and control.

Fish and Wildlife:

A collaborative approach will be taken with fish and wildlife management, inclusive of access management, annual allowable harvest levels, habitat management, wildlife research, monitoring and enforcement.

First Nations Consultation:

The commitments for continuing negotiations under the Nenqay Deni Accord will be implemented in a manner that recognizes and respects the Aboriginal and Treaty Rights of other First Nations and the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate other First Nations. The Province of B.C. and the Tsilhqot’in Nation have agreed to work in an open and positive manner to attempt to resolve differences, reconcile interests and find mutually agreeable solutions.

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