July 26, 2016
Kitsumkalum Treaty Office's Plans for 2016/2017
We have BIG plans for 2016/2017. We are hard at work this summer planning community engagement meetings and communication materials designed to keep you informed and create even better ways for you to communicate and share feedback with us.
Please feel free to contact or visit us at the Kitsumkalum Treaty Office if you have any questions or want to share your input with us.
See you all very soon!
The Kitsumkalum Treaty Team
Kitsumkalum Land-Use Plan
Thanks to the Kitsumkalum people, we spent the majority of last year listening to stories and collecting input for Kitsumkalum's Land-Use Plan. As of April 2016, we have finalized the first draft based on stories and community feedback. We plan on doing even more community engagement work for both our on and off reserve members for future editions of the Kitsumkalum Land-Use Plan. Please see below for the latest version.
KITSUMKALUM LAND-USE PLAN - APRIL 2016 VERSION
August 4, 2015
Kitsumkalum First Nation, Canada and British Columbia Celebrate Agreement-in-Principle
Kitsumkalum First Nation and the governments of B.C. and Canada have reached a major milestone in the B.C. treaty process with the signing of an Agreement-in-Principle.
On August 4, 2015 the government alongside Don Roberts, Chiefof Kitsumkalum First Nation signed the Agreement-in-Principle during a ceremony held at the Kitsumkalum Hall.
The Kitsumkalum Agreement-in-Principle includes approximately 45,406 hectares of land, north and west of Terrace, and a transfer of $44.2 million (to be adjusted for inflation), once a Final Agreement is reached.
The Agreement-in-Principle covers a variety of topics including governance, taxation and resources (fisheries, forestry, wildlife, water, subsurface resources). Processes for the First Nation transition from an Indian Act band to self-governing treaty First Nation are also set out in the Agreement-in-Principle. Now that the Agreement-in-Principle has been signed, Final Agreement negotiations will formally begin.
Kitsumkalum First Nation has coordinated efforts and shared resources at a single negotiating table with Kitselas First Nation (both are North Coast Tsimshian First Nations) to complete two separate Agreements-in-Principle.
Kitsumkalum has 745 members; and approximately 32 percent of which live on reserve.
In April 2013, Kitsumkalum community members voted to approve their Agreement-in-Principle.
A 2009 report by PricewaterhouseCoopers concluded that completing treaties with First Nations could deliver more than $10 billion in benefits to British Columbia's economy over the next 15 years.
"This is a happy occasion and we are pleased to recognize and celebrate this important milestone. It has been a long process which was initiated by our elders many years ago. Kitsumkalum First Nation has chosen the path for change and this couldn't have been possible without community support and the many years of hard work of our elders and negotiation team. I am proud of these efforts which lays the foundation of self-government and economic independence. This will help bring control to our future within our territory lands of the 4 crest clans; and with that will follow the economic certainty." - Don Roberts, Chiefof Kitsumkalum First Nation
Kitsumkalum First Nation Community Votes YES!
Kitsumkalum is pleased to announce the approval of their Agreement-in-Principle treaty vote held on April 10, 2013. Once the polls closed at 8p.m. 298 ballots were counted with 190 members voting yes to proceed into final treaty negotiations with Canada and British Columbia while 108 members voted no.
97 of the 298 total were mail in ballots with the remainder voting in person at the Kitsumkalum Community Hall.
TFN Treaty Society Chief Negotiator Gerald Wesley says the vote result provides the formal mandate from membership to move into Stage 5 – Final Treaty Agreement negotiations and meetings will be convened with Canada and British Columbia within the next few days to determine immediate next steps.
Wesley says “he is pleased with the results but is also very conscious of the fact that not everyone has supported the effort – it will be a priority to work with all of our membership if we want a successful final treaty agreement. There is much work to be done but for this moment, we can enjoy a level of success!”
AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE - JAN 22, 2013 VERSION
Kitsumkalum AIP and Appendices for initialling Jan 2013.pdf