Carrier Sekani Reconciliation Agreement

– US$25 million over a five-year period to fund capacity for the implementation of the agreement and the continuation of negotiations for a long-term agreement, The comprehensive agreement between the Tribal Council, the provincial and federal governments, known as the Pathways Forward 2.0 agreement, is a five-year extension of the Pathways Forward 1.0 agreement signed in 2017. Read pathways 2.0: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/consulting-with-first-nations/first-nations-negotiations/first-nations-a-z-listing/carrier-sekani-tribal-council “Congratulations to Carrier Sekani First Nations and the provincial government for the successful negotiation of this historic agreement. I hope that this agreement will build strong and healthy relationships and partnerships that will lead to a better community for all. “All we really want for our communities is to prosper, and when our communities prosper, our neighbours, British Columbia and Canadians, prosper,” said Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Tribal Chief Mina Holmes. “This agreement helps rebalance our communities and members and closes the social and economic divides that separate us from our neighbours.” Faced with the difficulties of Wet`suwet`en, which all made headlines, it was easy to miss a $200 million reconciliation agreement signed at the end of January between B.C`s government and the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council. But it is an economic reconciliation agreement, an admission that things like title and autonomy mean little if First Nations do not have the economic means to govern themselves and manage their countries and economies. In the presence of Prime Minister John Horgan, the agreement was signed at the Uda Dune Baiyoh (House of Ancestors) Conference Centre in Prince George. In January 1994, CSEC entered the contractual process. By April 1997, they had reached stage 4 of the six-step process – negotiating an agreement in principle.

[2] CSEC borrowed $14 million (CAN) from the government to resolve complaints about unseeded areas. In 2007, negotiations were deadlocked. [3] In her december 2006 report to Parliament, Auditor General Sheila Fraser noted that the financial burden of First Nations in developing negotiations is one of the factors that has led some First Nations to resort to litigation or other options to settle foment claims. The DINA process was complex, inflexible and slow. [4] In March 2007, at a contract forum organized by CSEC, which gave members the opportunity to listen to governments and officials of the B.C. Treaty Commission, CSEC made the historic decision to vote in favour of opening contract negotiations because the B.C. treaty had not achieved expected results in the carrier`s territory. [5] “This is reconciliation in action. This is not the end, but the beginning of a new crown of the First Nations relationship. The resources we receive will help us bridge the socio-economic gap in our communities, because resources remain and remain in our communities and benefit our northern economy,” said George. The agreement helps fill the social and economic gaps between us and our neighbors,” Holmes said. The B.C.

government and Carrier Sekani Tribal Council will celebrate a new reconciliation agreement. It may be dead for those who define reconciliation as a struggle for a zero-sum result. But First Nations who see this as an ongoing negotiation process and have worked hard to resolve governance issues have found a provincial government very willing to address issues of rights, title and economic reconciliation. The B.C government has signed a reconciliation agreement with seven indigenous communities that will spend US$175 million over five years to develop the forest industry, local economy and culture. “This agreement will help boost businesses and social enterprises in the region, resulting in regional relocations, more employment opportunities and more job security for all in the region.