Newspaper article The Canadian Press

First Nations, Federal and B.C. Governments Sign New Treaty Agreement

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

First Nations, Federal and B.C. Governments Sign New Treaty Agreement

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New treaty agreement between First Nations, government

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VANCOUVER - The British Columbia government says a new agreement between a group of Indigenous people and the provincial and federal governments is consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The treaty negotiations memorandum of understanding was signed Friday at a ceremony involving the chiefs from the six First Nations of the Sto:lo Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association and ministers from the provincial and federal governments.

A release from the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation says this new approach recognizes that Indigenous rights are inherent and cannot be extinguished or surrendered, and shifts away from seeking a full and final settlement.

The release says the agreement builds a collaborative and predictable ongoing government-to-government relationship that can adapt to changing circumstances over time, as policies evolve or new rights are established by the courts. …

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