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Carrier Sekani First Nations, B.C. advance reconciliation through new agreement

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Carrier Sekani First Nations, B.C. advance reconciliation through new agreement

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Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881
Sarah Plank
Communications Director
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Government Communications and Public
Engagement
250 208-9621
Patricia L. Prince (Jilh Tse Yu)
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
250 562-6279 ext. 245
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Media Contacts
Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881
Sarah Plank
Communications Director
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Government Communications and Public
Engagement
250 208-9621
Patricia L. Prince (Jilh Tse Yu)
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
250 562-6279 ext. 245

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About the Pathways Forward 2.0 Agreement

The Pathways Forward 2.0 Agreement marks a turning point for the relationship between the seven Carrier Sekani First Nations (CSFNs) and the Province of B.C.

It provides the CSFNs with a path to self-government, meaningful opportunities for shared decision-making over their territories and a revenue-sharing structure that will strengthen their communities and boost economic development for the entire region.

Measures in the agreement include:

  • an economic development fund to support business development, partnerships with neighbouring communities and joint ventures that will benefit the economy of the region as a whole ($70 million over five years);
  • a wealth fund that will be invested to generate ongoing revenues to support growth and development in CSFN communities ($15 million in 2020-21);
  • funding for socio-cultural programs to revitalize Carrier and Sekani languages and culture ($12.5 million over five years);
  • provisions for CSFNs to build on governance processes and structures, with a goal of full self-government ($12.5 million over five years);
  • accommodation for impacts on the land from forest and range activities in the territory, which will create certainty and predictability for the forest sector in the region ($40 million over five years); and
  • capacity funding for implementing the agreement and continuing negotiations on a long-term, comprehensive reconciliation agreement between CSFNs and the provincial and federal governments ($25 million over five years).

The Pathways Forward 2.0 Agreement has been many years in the making, with discussions starting in 2012:

  • 2012-13 – Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and the CSFNs began negotiations with provincial government.
  • 2014 – Natural Resources Protocol was signed between the seven CSFNs and the B.C. government to set a government-to-government relationship based on shared decision-making, revenue sharing and environmental stewardship.
  • 2015 – Collaboration Agreement and Environmental & Socio-Cultural Initiatives Agreement were signed. Working groups were set up on collaborative decision-making, environmental stewardship and socio-cultural matters.
  • 2016 – Negotiations for Pathways Forward 1.0 started. For the first time, CSFNs had a say in the timber harvest review by B.C.’s chief forester.
  • 2017 – Pathways Forward 1.0 was signed. Socio-cultural, environmental, governance and revenue sharing were part of the agreement.
  • 2018-19 – Negotiations for a second Pathways Forward were ongoing.
  • 2020 – Pathways Forward 2.0 is implemented.

About the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) provides political and technical support in the areas of fisheries, education, economic development, community and infrastructure planning, forestry, financial management and negotiations to seven member nations. The CSTC consists of all the CSFNs except Nak’azdli Whut’en. The CSTC also includes the Wet'suwet'en First Nation. The CSTC facilitated the negotiation of the Pathways Forward 2.0 Agreement and is a signatory.

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