Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, has issued the following statement in response to the outcome of the Lheidli T’enneh Treaty ratification vote:
“British Columbia respects the democratic choice of the people of Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. This democratic process demonstrates the importance of members making their voices heard.
“There is no single path to reconciliation. We will continue to work government to government with Lheidli T’enneh on long-term reconciliation and self-determination in ways that work for their community.
“We are committed to a relationship with Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, and all Indigenous peoples, based on respect and recognition and guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and case law.
“This is a unique time in the history of Canada. All partners are at the table focused on transforming the Crown-Indigenous relationship, and all options are on the table as we work together in partnership with the Indigenous peoples of B.C. toward reconciliation.”