Treaty talk

Despite the death of the proposed Recognition and Reconciliation Act, the provincial government is targeting it will sign more treaties and agreements with First Nations in 2010/11 and 2011/12 then it had intended to in February. But it's also anticipating there will be fewer new agreement and initiatives that provide economic opportunities to aboriginal peoples in those same fiscal years. The reason: the economic downtown means there will be fewer such opportunities. But, at the same time, the government has been making better than expected progress at the treaty table. The following is a complete listing of those targets.

Number of treaties and agreements that build incremental progress towards reconciliation

February 2009 budget

2008/09 - 10 (forecast)
2009/10 - 13 (target)
2010/11 - 14 (target)
2011/12 - 15 (target)

September 2009 budget update

2008/09 - 14 (actual)
2009/10 - 15 (target)
2010/11 - 16 (target)
2011/12 - 18 (target)

Agreements and initiatives that provide economic opportunities to Aboriginal peoples

February 2009 budget

2008/09 - 5 (forecast)
2009/10 - 10 (target)
2010/11 - 20 (target)
2011/12 - 22 (target)

September 2009 budget update

2008/09 - 14 (actual)
2009/10 - 15 (target)
2010/11 - 16 (target)
2011/12 - 18 (target)

2 Comments

Go get 'em, BCLibs!

Telling us that the government will be signing lots of treaties don't make it any easier for the negotiators. If the bands figure the Province is getting concerned, the conditions asked for get more one sided. Some negotiations have been stalled for years as some bands are asking for things they will never get from a sensible government. Mind you the present BC government isn't all that sensible when it comes to dealing with anyone

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