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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb 12, 2016) - Yesterday, February 11, 2016, the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and their affiliated NStQ Treaty Group held community votes on their Agreement in Principle (AIP). The Treaty Commission congratulates the three communities that voted 'yes' to proceeding to Stage 5 of the BC treaty negotiations process.
NStQ represents Canim Lake Indian Band [Tsq'escen'], Soda Creek Indian Band [Xat'sull], Williams Lake Indian Band [T'exelc], and Canoe Creek/Dog Creek Indian Band [Stswecem'c/Xgat'tem].
Canim Lake, Soda Creek and Canoe Creek/Dog Creek voted in support of continuing to Final Agreement negotiations. NStQ will be the third multi-community First Nation to advance into Stage 5 Final Agreement negotiations this fiscal year, once the parties sign the AIP. There was an additional single community that also advanced to Stage 5 this fiscal year.
"The results of this important vote show that the BC treaty negotiation process is working, and supports First Nations governance and self determination," said Commissioner Jerry Lampert, who has been working with the NStQ table for a number of years.
Williams Lake's vote was suspended due to a disruption during the voting process. The community will conduct a re-vote on March 15, 2016.
About the BC Treaty Commission
The Treaty Commission is the independent body responsible for overseeing treaty negotiations among the governments of Canada, BC and First Nations in BC. It has three roles: facilitation, funding, and public information and education.
Visit www.bctreaty.ca to learn more about the Treaty Commission.