BC Treaty Process
"First of all; we acknowledge and recognize Tatau,
"The Nuxalk people do not want a settlement of their Aboriginal Title and Rights which in any way reflects a termination nor do they want a final cash–for–land settlement. The Nuxalk people want recognition and acceptance of their Aboriginal Title and Rights within the international world community. If colonialism was eliminated then the Nuxalk people can get recognition for their Aboriginal Title and Rights and if they hold to their Nuxalk territory, a new modern state will take its rightful place. The Nuxalk people, as indigenous peoples from time immemorial, are born with their inherent Aboriginal Title and Rights to all their territorial lands, waters, air and all its natural resources. That is what it means to be Nuxalk people." United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations, 1994.
On the Nisga'a Agreement – 1999
The purpose of the BC
Treaty Process is to settle land claims with First
Nations. An example is the Nisga'a agreement about to be signed.
This is a model that will be used in settling all future First Nations
claims. If you look at a map, you will see the Nisga'a have settled
for less than 90 percent of their original territory.
Their new drastically reduced territory will about the size of Nuxalknalus
(King Island). The BC government dictates to First Nations what areas
can be included in any claim. This is to protect third party interests