Bc First Nations Reconciliation Agreement
Reconciliation and related agreements focus on reducing the socio-economic gaps that separate Aboriginal peoples from other British Columbia and building a province where all citizens can participate in a prosperous economy. This agreement will facilitate an increased role in collaborative governance management, fisheries management and decision-making for the United Nations, whose areas account for 40 per cent of British Columbia`s coastal waters. In the future, this will provide better access to existing fishing licences and quotas through a voluntary waiver process – creating jobs and generating revenue for these north and central coast communities. It will also help develop new partnerships and intensify relationships with the private sector to bring fish caught in these communities to market. What security really means is “predictability” – the familiarity that develops from a collaborative history. Through interim agreements, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities can now begin to establish mutually beneficial governance agreements, trade relations, land management processes and other cooperative relationships. Contracts are not final in the sense that they must be a permanent relationship between the parties. Canada is moving forward with Aboriginal partners on a variety of reconciliation paths, including the Rights Recognition Roundtables. Here is a list of these tables by region. The ministry is leading the province`s participation in the final agreement and advanced negotiations on principle, interim measures and other agreements with First Nations and the federal government on land and resources, governance, fiscal relations and capacity building. It works with indigenous leaders, government authorities, industry, municipal government and the public to support negotiated agreements and coordinates the implementation of treaties and other agreements between governments as they are concluded.
Treaties and other agreements are important instruments for First Nations to develop sustainable, healthy and resilient communities. These agreements help build relationships with First Nations, resolve conflicts, or resolve development issues in traditional territories. The BCTC is helping to advance reconciliation through the treaty process within CCcs by ensuring that the work of the parties is effective and that progress is made.