July 10, 2017
Lheidli T'enneh First Nation’s traditional territory encompasses the Prince George area and east to the Alberta border. To define and preserve our interests in this territory, Lheidli T’enneh was one of the first indigenous communities in BC to get involved in negotiations under the BC Treaty Process.
The Final Agreement, also known as the “Treaty” concluded by Lheidli T’enneh with Canada and BC in 2006 was ultimately rejected by Lheidli T’enneh in 2007. However, after considerable internal consultation our members decided to vote again. Although there can be no major changes to the Final Agreement, we are working with BC and Canada to update certain aspects that have evolved over the last ten years, including updating the financial package to account for increased present value and general inflation.
Technical changes to the Final Agreement and Constitution are also being looked after by our legal team. These “errata” are corrections to the document that account for changes over the last ten years. These will be listed alongside the original text to show the previous and new version of the statements in the Constitution and the Final Agreement.
Any financial updates will be presented by the Canadian and BC governments in the monthly main table working group meetings with Lheidli T’enneh, (including our remote legal team). These meetings are known formally as the “tripartite meetings”. Lheidli has the right to reject any proposed changes to the Final Agreement.
Lheidli T’enneh Band members and others who are eligible to enrol under the Final Agreement will be voting on the Final Agreement and our Constitution on a ratification date that is still being confirmed by Lheidli, BC and Canada. Once a ratification date is set, the Lheidli T’enneh Treaty Department will update all band members and other eligible voters.
The Lheidli T’enneh Treaty Department consists of our Treaty Project Manager, a Treaty Executive Assistant and a Treaty Administration Coordinator along with our legal team, including new and returning lawyers and consultants who have been on board and working with Lheidli T’enneh on the Treaty and Constitution since the beginning of the process over twenty years ago.
Since this second ratification process began in the summer of 2016 the Treaty Department has been successfully reaching all members and eligible voters to ensure they have the procedures, tools, documents and resources to make an informed decision for enrolment and voting. While each voter must make their own decision for or against the Treaty and our Constitution, the Department will continue providing information and implications regarding a “yes” or “no” vote.
Please see our website at www.yourvoiceourfuture.ca and refer to the Key Documents Page where you can find links to the Final Agreement, Constitution, Fact Sheets and more.
Lheidli T’enneh Treaty Department