First Nations treaty negotiations appear to stall

By one measure, treaty negotiations with British Columbia's First Nations appear to have stalled. But a provincial government spokesperson stressed that measure doesn't reflect the "behind the scenes" work that has recently gone into those negotiations. Each year, the ministry of aboriginal relations and reconciliation's service plan reports out on how many First Nations are at each stage of the formal treaty negotiation process. But there was almost no change in those numbers between 2010 and 2011. Nevertheless, the spokesperson said such milestones aren't "the only indicators of significant progress" at the negotiating table, citing examples of four First Nations that are at the cusp of moving toward the later stages of the treaty making process. The following is a compete copy of the negotiation status reports included in the ministry's two most recent service plans.

Ministry of aboriginal relations and reconciliation 2010/11 - 2012/13 service plan

Number of First Nations involved in the B.C. treaty negotiations process: 106
Number of First Nations at Stage 6 (implementation): 1
Number of First Nations at Stage 5 (final agreement): 13
Number of First Nations at Stage 4 (agreement-in-principle): 86
Number of First Nations at Stage 3 (framework agreement): 4
Number of First Nations at Stage 2 (readiness): 2
Number of First Nations at Stage 1 (statement of intent): 0

Ministry of aboriginal relations and reconciliation 2011/12 - 2013/14 service plan

Number of First Nations involved in the B.C. treaty negotiations process: 105*
Number of First Nations at Stage 6 (implementation): 1
Number of First Nations at Stage 5 (final agreement): 13
Number of First Nations at Stage 4 (agreement-in-principle): 85*
Number of First Nations at Stage 3 (framework agreement): 4
Number of First Nations at Stage 2 (readiness): 2
Number of First Nations at Stage 1 (statement of intent): 0

* = The reduction in the number of First Nations involved in the treaty negotiation process reflects the fact that the Shuswap Indian Band withdrew from the Ktunaxa /Kinbasket Tribal Council.

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