Cariboo Prince George candidates share views on land claims

The Williams Lake Tribune/Weekend Advisor reached out to Cariboo Prince George candidates in the upcoming Oct. 19 election.

  • Oct. 6, 2015 6:00 a.m.

The Williams Lake Tribune/Weekend Advisor reached out to federal candidates in the upcoming Oct. 19 election in the Cariboo-Prince George riding.

This is the second set of answers to five questions posed to candidates, which will be published leading up to the election.

Each candidate was given a 200-word limit per answer.

What do you feel is the Federal Government’s role in First Nations Land Claims?


Green Party candidate Richard Jaques

I feel the federal government must make a genuine effort to engage the local First Nations in meaningful discussions regarding consent to share the resources in their traditional and ancestral territories.

I want to be that conduit for communication, First Nations must be at the table from day one, they must be equal parties when resources extraction proposals are put forward that follow the guidelines in the recent Tsilhqot’in Supreme Court decision.

Conservative Party candidate Todd Doherty

The federal government should be a leader at the table, and has worked with the province of BC, First Nations, and community groups to negotiate a deal that works for all parties involved.

Strong partnerships among Aboriginal people, governments and the private sector are emerging as outstanding land claims and treaty issues are addressed, and self-government agreements are negotiated. Land claims and self-government agreements achieve:

• greater certainty over rights to land and resources contributing to a positive investment climate and creating greater potential for economic development and growth

• greater control for Aboriginal people and Northerners over the decisions that affect their lives.

While there is still a long way to go, I want to ensure treaties are negotiated by ensuring that we have a strong voice in Ottawa that is able to represent our region, and bring forward their concerns to the negotiating table.

NDP Party candidate Trent Derrick

An important factor in land claims negotiations is trust.

With Tom Mulcair as Prime Minister, the federal government will build  a Nation-to-Nation relationship with First Nations.

Getting beyond words and taking concrete action on key issues is an important step in building trust. This includes the NDP commitment to call an inquiry in missing and murdered aboriginal women within the first 100 days in office, action on housing, healthcare and education. A Tom Mulcair government will implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and act on the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Christian Heritage Party candidate Adam De Kroon

Unfortunately I think oftentimes the government completely ignores the First Nations and doesn’t even listen to what they would have to say. I would say one of the biggest things that the government needs do is to improve communication and maintain an open dialogue with First Nations.

Independent candidate Sheldon Clare

Traditionally speaking, the Federal Government was the highest authority in negotiations with First Nations across Canada. However, since Trudeau introduced the Charter in 1982, the Supreme Court has become more and more involved in First Nations issues, specifically land claims and rights issues. Also, given the lack of treaties in British Columbia, First Nations land claims in our region involve the province as well.

Politicians at all levels of government have shrunk away from this issue for far too long, and it is disrespectful that the current federal government is more likely to call its lawyers before any First Nations leadership when a disagreement arises.

Local MPs and the governments they support are supposed to exhibit leadership, and if elected, I intend to do so by reaching out to First Nations leaders in our area so we can develop a strong, respectful relationship.

Goodwill should be the starting point, not a last resort.

Without this, the federal government will continue to be adversarial regarding First Nations land claims, as well as other issues affecting native peoples.

Apolitical candidate Gordon Campbell

Not less than the messenger plus having a mediator that represents First Nations above all else.

Like it or not First Nations are the poors’ best friends.

Please for God’s sake become apolitical as soon as possible.

Liberal Party candidate Tracy Calogheros

The federal government must play a significant role in the resolution of First Nations land claims.  The first step towards resolving any land claims is to establish a degree of trust between government (federal and provincial) and First Nations.  Meaningful negotiations on land claims (or any other issues involving First Nations people) won’t go anywhere without trust.  The Conservatives’ fighting with First Nations in the courts hasn’t built trust.

The Conservatives making policy changes and economic and resource-development decisions without consulting First Nations hasn’t built trust.  Given the track record of the Harper Conservatives over the last decade, I can’t imagine any First Nations person or group ever would trust the Conservative government on any front.

If Canada is to have any hope of regaining the trust of our First Nations people, we must embrace them genuinely as equals. We must dispel the myths of misinformed stereotypes which breed mistrust and are barriers to collaboration.

We must prove to First Nations, by what we say and by what we do, that we respect their culture and their institutions and that we are sincere in our efforts to work together with them to resolve all of these issues.

Just Posted

Kokanee Bay Fishing Resort on Puntzi Lake has been purchased by Tsideldel First Nation. (Kokanee Bay Fishing Resort photo)
Tsideldel First Nation buys Kokanee Bay Fishing Resort at Puntzi Lake

“It’s a good opportunity for the band, our children and our future,” said Chief Otis Guichon

Demolition work is underway at the corner of Oliver Street and Mackenzie Avenue. (Angie Mindus photo)
Demolition work begins on Ming’s Restaurant building in Williams Lake

The historic building suffered extensive water damage during a large fire downtown in 2019

Williams Lake courthouse. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Preliminary inquiry gets underway May 17 into 2018 murder north of Williams Lake

Wyatt Lee Boffa, Daine Victor Stump are charged with first degree murder

Talia McKay of Williams Lake is a burn survivor who remains grateful for the support she received from the Burn Fund (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
’You have to allow yourself the grace to heal’: B.C. burn survivor reflects on her recovery

Learning how to stand straight and walk again was a feat said Williams Lake resident Talia McKay

(Historica Canada)
VIDEO: Heritage Minute marks 100th anniversary of work to discover insulin

Video centres on Leonard Thompson, 13, the first patient to receive successful injections for Type 1 diabetes

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Conservation Service Officer Kyle Bueckert holds a gold eagle that was revived from acute rodent poisoning Monday, May 12. Photo: Submitted
‘Obviously, he’s a fighter’: Golden eagle, recovered from poisoning, back in Kootenay wild

CSO Kyle Bueckert released the eagle into the wild Thursday, May 13

A fledgling white raven was spotted near the end of Winchester Road in Coombs. (Mike Yip photo)
Legend continues as iconic white raven spotted once again on Vancouver Island

Sightings rare everywhere in world except for central Vancouver Island location

Capt. Jenn Casey died in a crash just outside of Kamloops, B.C., on May 17, 2020. (CF Snowbirds)
Snowbirds to honour Capt. Casey, who died in B.C. crash, in 2021 tour

Tour will kick off in Ontario in June before heading west

A pedestrian wearing a mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 is bundled up for the cold weather as snow falls in downtown Vancouver on Saturday, February 13, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Snow possible in mountain passes as cold front hits southern B.C.

Much of B.C.’s southern interior will see temperatures plunge from highs of 30 C reached over the weekend

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. Dr. Ben Chan remembers hearing the preliminary reports back in March of blood clots appearing in a handful of European recipients of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Science on COVID, VITT constantly changing: A look at how doctors keep up

While VITT can represent challenges as a novel disorder, blood clots themselves are not new

Poached trees that were taken recently on Vancouver Island in the Mount Prevost area near Cowichan, B.C. are shown on Sunday, May 10, 2021. Big trees, small trees, dead trees, softwoods and hardwoods have all become valuable targets of tree poachers in British Columbia as timber prices hit record levels. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne.
Tree poaching from public forests increasing in B.C. as lumber hits record prices

Prices for B.C. softwood lumber reached $1,600 for 1,000 board feet compared with about $300 a year ago

The warm weather means time for a camping trip, or at least an excursion into nature. How much do you know about camps and camping-related facts? (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: Are you ready to go camping?

How many camp and camping-related questions can you answer?

Most Read