Media Contacts

Stephen Smart

Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
778 389-6202

Lisa Leslie

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
250 213-7724

Mike Robertson

Senior Policy Advisor
Cheslatta Carrier Nation
250 692-9214


Cheslatta Carrier Nation – Province of B.C. Framework Agreement

The Framework Agreement between the Cheslatta Carrier Nation and the Province of British Columbia provides guiding principles to assist the Cheslatta and the Province with focussed negotiations toward a long-term reconciliation and settlement agreement.

The Province and Cheslatta will work together on the following main elements:

  • Advancement of cultural, heritage, and training initiatives for Cheslatta members;
  • Development of a land package, which may include:
    • Crown grants of fee simple land;
    • resource use tenures;
    • land designations, such as ecological reserves and old growth management areas; and
    • funding to support the purchase of private land.
  • Discussion and development of collaborative management arrangements for protected areas, as identified under the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act, S.B.C. 2000, c. 17;
  • Facilitation of long-term economic opportunities for Cheslatta in areas such as:
    • forestry;
    • agriculture;
    • commercial recreation,
    • transportation; and
    • other resource based sectors.
  • Co-ordination with the BC Hydro and Power Authority to provide three-phase power to certain areas, including a Cheslatta industrial site;
  • Financial payments to Cheslatta;
  • Establishing a relationship with Rio Tinto to facilitate collaboration on Nechako Reservoir management;
  • Certainty provisions including releases and indemnities; 
  • Charting a path forward towards further reconciliation.

The framework agreement is posted online and available at:


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