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Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group

Member Bands

Chemainus First Nation
Location
: Approximately 30 km south of Nanaimo, on southern Vancouver Island. The largest community is on Chemainus Indian Reserve #13, on the point between Ladysmith Harbour and Stuart Channel. (Four reserves on 1,218.3 hectares.)

Number of Band Members
: 1,135 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence April 2007, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

Cowichan Tribes
Location: Adjacent to Duncan and the municipality of North Cowichan, approximately 50 km northwest of Victoria, on Vancouver Island. (Nine reserves on 2,389.1 hectares.)

Number of Band Members
: 4,120 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence April 2007, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)


Halalt First Nation

Location
: Near Crofton, approximately 55 km northwest of Victoria, on Vancouver Island. (Two reserves on 165.8 hectares.)

Number of Band Members
: 205 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence April 2007, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)


Lake Cowichan First Nation

Location: On the north shore of Cowichan Lake, approximately 80 km northwest of Victoria, on Vancouver Island. (One reserve on 18.3 hectares.)
Number of Band Members
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Number of Band Members
: 15 [last available data] (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence 2001, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

Lyackson First Nation

Location: Valdes Island, off the east Coast of Vancouver Island, approximately 70 km north of Victoria. (Three reserves on 744.6 hectares.)

Number of Band Members
: 189 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence April 2007, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)


Penelakut Tribe

Location: Main community is on Kuper Island Indian Reserve #7, on Kuper Island, off the east coast of Vancouver Island, approximately 60 km north of Victoria. (Four reserves on 635.7 hectares.)

Number of Band Members
: 826 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence April 2007, 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 its six member bands. Chemainus and Halalt are affiliated with the eight-member Naut'sa Mawt Tribal Council. Cowichan, Lake Cowichan, Lyackson and Penelakut are unaffiliated with any tribal council.

Location
: Member bands are located near Duncan, Chemainus and Ladysmith, on southern Vancouver Island, approximately 60 km northwest of Victoria, and on nearby islands in the Strait of Georgia.

Total band members
: 6,490 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence April 2007, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

Negotiations

The Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group (HTG) entered the treaty process in December 1993, and is now in Stage 4 of the six-stage process, negotiating an agreement in principle.

The land quantum and protection of cultural sites are of primary importance to the treaty table. So far, 1,700 hectares on Hill 60 (Hw'teshutsun) is under land protection and smaller portions of land on two other sites have been set aside for treaty settlement.

Other Activities

In February 2004, the Province signed forestry-related agreements totalling $13.6 million with Cowichan Tribes. This included a forestry accommodation agreement in which Cowichan Tribes share in forestry revenues of $13 million over six years. The additional $600,000 in economic development funding provided Cowichan Tribes' members with forest sector training in engineering, silviculture, harvesting, and geographic information systems (GIS) mapping.

In April of 2004, HTG received $241,000 in economic development funding from the province for two shellfish aquaculture projects that is eventually expected to create up to 150 jobs in the traditional territories of the six First Nations. At the same time, the Halalt First Nation received almost $370,000 to do water quality surveys and analyses that will help them revitalize shellfish aquaculture in their traditional territory and promote environmental stewardship.

In October 2004, a delegation led by the Cowichan Tribes was successful in landing the 2008 North American Indigenous Games for the Cowichan Valley. The Games will showcase more than 7,000 athletes competing in 16 sports. In March of 2005, the province announced funding of $5 million to help complete the Cowichan Sportsplex in preparation for the Games.  In June 2006, BC confirmed its contribution of $3.5 million as laid out in the funding framework for staging the Games.

In November 2005, a plaque commemorating the Cowichan River’s designation to the Canadian Heritage Rivers System was unveiled by federal and provincial governments and Cowichan Tribes.  The Cowichan have maintained a strong connection to the river and surrounding area and have also played a significant role in development of the region.

In December 2005, the Penelakut First Nation secured a forestry agreement with the province for $1,924,735 in revenue sharing over five years and an 800-hectare woodlot within its asserted traditional territory.  The timber volume is in the Arrowsmith Timber Supply Area.

In May 2006, the Halalt First Nation received $480,000 and established a 400-hectare woodlot as a result of a five-year agreement with the Province.  Timber for the woodlot comes from the Arrowsmith Timber Supply Area within the band’s asserted traditional territory near Chemainus.

Planned Meetings

As dates are established for open public meetings, they will be publicized through the local media and posted on the B.C. Treaty Commission website Negotiations Calendar.