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The Katzie Treaty Team website will inform and educate its members and the general public on its vital and historic treaty negotiations with Canada and British Columbia.


Katzie First Nation
Administration Office

10946 Katzie Road,
Pitt Meadows, B.C. 
V3Y 2G6
Ph: 604-465-8961
Fax: 604-465-5949
Email: katzie.treaty@
shawcable.com


Treaty Negotiations

Summer 2002

  Summary of Negotiations

  • Statement of Intent: The Katzie Nation has existed and prospered within our traditional territory since time immemorial. We are a Coast Salish people who speak a down-river Halkomelem dialect. Our society is, and always has been, organized with complex laws and rules governing all forms of social relations, economic rights and relations with other First Nations. We have never ceded or surrendered title to our lands, the right to our resources, or the power to make decisions within our traditional territory. Katzie First Nation submitted a Statement of Intent to the British Columbia Treaty Commission in February 1994. (For a timeline of our involvement in the six-stage BC treaty process, see the BC Treaty Commission website.)
     
  • Katzie Treaty Team Mandate: The constituents of the Katzie First Nation mandated the Katzie First Nation Treaty Team in 1997 to negotiate a treaty with Canada and British Columbia. The Treaty Team is comprised of representative from the three residential reserves: Julie Cunningham, I.R.#1; Leanne James, I.R.#2; and Debbie Miller, I.R.#3, who is also Chief Negotiator for the Katzie Table. Peter James, Chief of the Katzie people, sits at the negotiating table to represent the elected Chief and Council.
     
  • Shared Territories: Since the beginning of our treaty process, right up to the present, our elders have requested and mandated the Katzie Treaty Team to initially deal with all identified shared territories (often referred to as "overlaps") with the Tsawwassen, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, In-SHUCK-ch, Tsleil-waututh, Sto:lo, and New Westminster First Nations.
     
  • Third Party Interests: Consultation of third party interests (fee simple land holders, business interests, forest tenure holders, etc.) has played an integral part in our negotiations. Katzie constituents wanted to have all those people and groups having a vested interest in our traditional territory understand the importance of a treaty. As a result, our table was delayed from moving from stage one to stage two by two years. It was during this delay that a Local Treaty Advisory Group (comprised of 40 plus volunteer interest groups and parties) was established. From the beginning, the group has often been invited to meetings between the three parties for their input; this remains so to this day.

    This unique initiative was established by the Katzie Treaty Team, and was undertaken apart from the two other parties (BC and Canada). Since this informal group was never considered part of the Provinceís Treaty Advisory Committees, it has not been affected by their recent decision to cease funding for these committees. As a result, while these committees across the province remain in limbo, our advisory group remains active. To maintain the Local Treaty Advisory Groupís participation in the Katzie Treaty Table, associated costs are paid by the Katzie Treaty Team.
     
  • Stage 3: The Katzie Treaty Team, assisted by the community members, developed a draft Framework Agreement over a six-month period, which identified the substantive issues we will negotiate. This draft was then presented to Canada and British Columbia for discussion at the tripartite negotiation table. The final Framework Agreement was reviewed by the parties, and on March 3, 2001 it was signed off.
     
  • Stage 4: It is during this phase (the Agreement-in-Principle stage) that the substantive issues identified in the Framework Agreement are discussed in depth. Katzie has so far presented interest papers on Wildlife, Culture and Heritage, Environmental Management, and Parks and Protected Areas. Canada and BC have shared their interests and provided some background information on these and several other topics. The parties have also discussed some possible chapters on Access, Dispute Resolution and Amendment.

    There have been working groups established to assist the negotiations in these areas: Intergovernmental Relations, Fish, and Community Relations. As well, there is a main-table working group in place. The main-table working group oversees all the other working groups and reports directly to the Chief Negotiators. There has not been a Chief Negotiators meeting since the signing of the Framework Agreement.
     
  • Interim Measure: The Katzie First Nation Treaty Team has been successful in obtaining Treaty Related Measures funding for a governance study and an economic development study. The governance study is due to be completed by October 2002 and the economic development study is to be completed by February of 2003.
     
  • Current Negotiations: The status of current negotiations consists of a scheduled meeting to continue the development of an Agreement-in-Principle. Most of these discussions are limited due to the new direction of the current provincial government, and the referendum undertaken by the provincial government.
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