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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
March 20, 2015
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation’s statement on B.C. treaty process

VICTORIA – Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad released the following statement today:

“Our government is committed to working with First Nations on the treaty negotiations process in British Columbia. There are a number of important treaty tables that are reaching milestones that will bring long-term reconciliation with the Crown to their communities. However, I have also heard from many First Nations that the treaty process, mandates and negotiations take far too long and they are looking for a better way.

“Finding lasting reconciliation and resolving the land-claim issues are of critical importance for all British Columbians. Now is the appropriate time to reflect with the Principals in the treaty process on what lies ahead for the BC Treaty Commission so that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities alike can prosper.

”While this dialogue continues we will work with the Principals to appoint a chief commissioner and ensure that the work of the BC Treaty Commission goes on.”

Media Contact:
Moira King
A/Manager, Communications
Government Communications & Public Engagement
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
250 387-1204

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