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Self-government comes for B.C. First Nation in proposed treaty – Daily Guardian

June 25, 2024

A draft treaty decades in the making has been signed by a First Nation in British Columbia’s northwest, moving the nation away from the “repressive and outdated Indian Act,” its chief said.

The proposed deal with the Kitselas nation is the first treaty with a B.C. First Nation in more than a decade and would give the band 38,000 hectares of land and self-governing powers.

Kitselas First Nation Chief Councillor Glenn Bennett said Monday that the treaty provides “legal recognition of lands, resources and monetary compensation.”

“I am hopeful that today’s occasion will mark a turning point for our people and be a positive note for our own history,” he said during a ceremony where chief negotiators of all three parties initialled the draft treaty.

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