Twenty years in the making, the Tla’amin Final Agreement Act received Royal Assent, the last step in a twenty-year effort by the Tla’amin people to achieve reconciliation and recognition of their rights. This would not have been possible without the hard work of the treaty negotiation teams from Tla’amin, Canada and BC. The BC Treaty Commission acknowledges their commitment on achieving a modern day treaty.
Tla’amin Nation joins the Tsawwassen, the five Maa-Nulth First Nations and Yale in completing final agreements in the BC treaty negotiations process, demonstrating that despite complex challenges, reconciliation with First Nations is achievable. Modern treaties, fairly negotiated and honourably implemented, are an essential step towards a prosperous Canada and the Treaty Commission congratulates the Tla’amin people.
Commissioner Lampert, who spent the past six years working closely with the parties commented, “The BC Treaty Commission is delighted that the final agreement between Tla’amin, Canada and B.C. has been completed. There is still much work ahead for the three parties in preparing for the Effective Date, April 2016. We wish the parties every success during this implementation period.
*Contributed by BC Treaty Commission