A historic day for the Tla’amin First Nation.

At 12:01 a-m, the Final Agreement came into effect.

The first sitting of the Tla’amin Legislative Assembly took place just after midnight and the assembly passed a comprehensive suite of laws to provide the basis for self-government authority.

Chief Negotiator Roy Francis says it’s an emotional and exciting time.

Elder Elsie Paul says it’s part of building a new relationship between Tla’amin and its neighbours.

The treaty clearly defines Tla’amin Nation’s ownership and management of mineral, forestry, and other resources on treaty settlement lands, a capital transfer of $33.9 million, and more than 8,000 hectares of treaty land.