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Laich-Kwil-Tach Treaty Society [formerly Hamatla Treaty Society]

Member Bands

Campbell River Indian Band (We Wai Kum Nation)
Location
: Main community is on Campbell River Indian Reserve #11, in Campbell River, on Vancouver Island. (Four reserves on 234.0 hectares.)

Number of Band Members
: 729 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence August 2011, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

Cape Mudge Indian Band (We Wai Kai Nation)
Location
: Two communities, one at Cape Mudge on Quadra Island, and the other at Quinsam Indian Reserve in Campbell River. (Five reserves on 702.0 hectares)

Number of Band Members
: 979 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence August 2011, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)


Kwiakah First Nations

Location
: Reserves located on Phillips Arm, and north of Stuart Island, 40 to 60 km north of Campbell River. However, most members live in Campbell River. (Two reserves on 67.5 hectares.)

Number of Band Members
: 20 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence August 2011, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

Background

Negotiating status
: Negotiating a comprehensive treaty settlement within the British Columbia Treaty Commission six-stage treaty process.

Negotiating affiliation
: Negotiating with Canada and British Columbia on behalf of the three member bands.

Location
: Member bands are located in the Campbell River area on the east coast of Vancouver Island.

Total band members
: 1,728 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence August 2011, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

Negotiations

The Laich-Kwil-Tach Treaty Society entered the treaty process in February 1997, and is now in Stage 4 of the six-stage process, negotiating an agreement in principle. In the Fall of 2003, negotiations stalled after it became apparent that the five member bands needed time to resolve internal issues.

In 2005, the Tlowitsis First Nation withdrew from the treaty group and is now negotiating independently within the BCTC process.

In October 2006, K’omoks First Nation also withdrew from the treaty group to pursue treaty negotiations independently. In February 2007, the BC Treaty Commission accepted the K’omoks First Nation Statement of Intent to negotiation a treaty. The K’omoks have now signed an Agreement in Principal and are working toward a final agreement.

Other Activities

Cape Mudge Indian Band and Kwiakah First Nation are part of the Nanwakolas Strategic Engagement Agreement. The Nanwakolas First Nations group acts as a single window for First Nations referrals related to natural resource applications in the Nanwakolas Council’s territories.