Treaty Update

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

The Lheidli T’enneh Nation

The Yekooche First Nation

Cheslatta First Nation




Carrier Sekani Tribal Council – Stage 4 Agreement in Principle

The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is comprised of 12,000 members with headquarters in Prince George. The member bands of the CSTC in treaty negotiations are:

  • Sai’Kuz First Nation
  • Tla’azt’en Nation
  • Nakazdli First Nation
  • Nadleh Whut’en
  • Takla Lake First Nation
  • Stellaten First Nation
  • Wet’suwet’en First Nation

Table declared ready by B.C. Treaty Commission on Jan. 23, 1996

Framework Agreement signed: April 25, 1997

Current negotiations are focused on an Interim Measures working table. A proposal for more focused discussions on forestry interim measures is being reviewed.

CSTC Treaty News


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The Lheidli T’enneh Nation – Stage 4 Agreement in Principle

The Lheidli T'enneh is comprised of approximately 250 members based in Shelley near Prince George.  The Lheidli T'enneh traditional territory includes the City of Prince George, Regional District of Fraser-Fort George and the Villages of McBride and Valemount. The name Lheidli T'enneh means "people from where the rivers meet", referring to the joining of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers in Prince George.

The Lheidli T'enneh have been engaged in the treaty negotiations process since signing a framework agreement in August 1996. Canada, British Columbia and the Lheidli T'enneh initialed an Agreement-in-Principle in May 2003. Ratification by the federal and provincial cabinets and the Lheidli T'enneh citizens was subsequently completed and the AIP was signed by the principles on July 26, 2003.

The Lheidli T'enneh AIP provides 4027 hectares of land, $12.8 million cash and rights to harvest fish and wildlife. The AIP also sets out certain law-making authorities related to the Lheidli T'enneh's management of their lands, resources and culture. The complete Lheidli T'enneh AIP is available at www.bctreaty.net/nations_2/lheidli.html.

The Prince George Treaty Advisory Committee has been active in providing local government interests and issues throughout the negotiations process. PGTAC's Response to the Lheidli T'enneh AIP is available on this web site.

The Prince George Treaty Advisory Committee will continue to advise on local government interests as work proceeds toward a final agreement. Negotiations are also continuing ongoing consultations with stakeholders to identify and address third party interests.


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The Yekooche First Nation – Stage 4 Agreement in Principle

The Yekooche Nation is comprised of approximately 165 members based in the community of Portage or Yekooche Village about 75 kilometres northwest of Fort St. James.

Table declared ready by B.C. Treaty Commission on Nov. 16, 1995

Framework Agreement signed: Oct. 4, 1996

Yekooche Chief and Council changed negotiatiors in the fall of 1999. Following a meeting in December 1999 with all Chief Negotiators it was agreed Yekooche would prepare a comprehensive treaty document for Canada and B.C. for the Spring of 2000.

Draft chapters have been completed for consultation on Access, Culture and Heritage Resources, Eligibility, Enrollment and Ratification, Environmental Assessment, Management and Protection, Forestry, and; Subsurface and Minerals Resources.


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Cheslatta First Nation - Stage 2 Readiness

The Cheslatta Nation numbers approximately 220 members located near the community of Burns Lake.

Table not yet declared ready by B.C. Treaty Commission

Treaty negotiations with the Cheslatta have been dormant since 1996. There continues to be no treaty activity at present.

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