The BC Treaty process for Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw began in 1991, with the signing of the Letter of Intent to Negotiate. British Columbia Premier Mike Harcourt attended the presentation at 108 Mile House. It began a six-stage process that continues to this day.
With that in mind, the Treaty Team at the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council has a great deal of experience. Decades of participating in the Treaty process has led to a significant increase in knowledge and capacity. It has also led to agreements that have included the return of land.
With every passing day the Treaty managers and their technical staff are working to represent NStQ nations at the negotiations table and through this work bring a higher standard of living for members on reserve and for those who live away.
This team draws from the wealth of technical expertise at their disposal.
The Treaty Team is instrumental in keeping community members up to date on the latest developments from the negotiation table. They engage in research and network with technical staff. Treaty managers are expressly available to answer member’s questions.
Through an accelerated process leading to ratification by 2026, the Treaty Team is meeting with the Province of BC and Government of Canada. These tri-partite negotiations have already led to identifiable progress for NStQ members. This includes the landmark development when Treaty negotiation loans were forgiven in 2019. The cost of the process to date amounted to 32.2 million dollars and now are not on the table any longer.
The Team is comprised of the following:
- Chief Negotiator
- Senior Treaty Manager
- Community Treaty Managers
- Communications Manager
- Self-Government Transition Coordinator