Robert Moraes

NStQ Treaty agreement-in-principle initialled by government representatives

An agreement-in-principle (AiP) signed Thursday completes the next step in treaty negotiations for the NStQ.

  • Dec. 16, 2016 4:00 p.m.

An agreement-in-principle (AiP) signed Thursday completes the next step in their treaty negotiations, the Northern Secwepemc the Qelmucsw (NStQ) said.

“It has been two long years since the AiP was completed, with this being a final step to moving forward into the next stage of treaty negotiations,” NStQ treaty negotiator Robert Moraes said in a press release. “After today’s initialling, the AiP will then move to the Federal and Provincial Cabinets for final approval. Once done, this opens up more in-depth negotiations and funding to help NStQ reach a Final Agreement. The Final Agreement will then be voted on by NStQ membership.”

The four Northern Shuswap First Nations of the NStQ Treaty Group, through the auspices of the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council, have been negotiating a modern-day treaty with the Governments of British Columbia and Canada since 1993.

After the completion of the AiP, a referendum was held in each of the four NStQ communities in February and April of this year, with a narrow membership majority positively voting to move forward into final negotiations (Stage Five) of the six-stage treaty process, which now continues into its 24th year.

The four communities which make up the NStQ are Canim Lake Indian Band (Tsq’escen’ First Nation), Soda Creek Indian Band (Xat’sūll First Nation), Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc First Nation), and Canoe Creek/Dog Creek Indian Band (Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation).



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

CanSkate learn to skate program tailors to all

Williams Lake Skating Club head coach Joanne Macnair is excited to get… Continue reading

Letter: Should we reconsider bicycling safety?

Nowadays there are considerably more cyclists on the roads and incidences are sure to go up

RANCH MUSINGS: Humane livestock transportation: a measure of our care

It has been said that how we care for animals might just be a reflection of how we care for people

Casual Country 2020: Sister act

Sacred Heart Catholic Church bells donated by Alkali Lake Ranch owners in 1967

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

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

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

2 British Columbians arrested, 3 at large in massive Alberta drug bust

Eight people are facing 33 charges in what police have dubbed Project Incumbent

Most Read