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In-SHUCK-ch Nation

Member Bands

Samahquam Nation
Location
: At the Douglas Portage on the Lillooet River. Main community is on Baptiste Smith Indian Reserve #1B, on the west shore of Little Lillooet Lake. (Five reserves on 177.3 hectares.)

Number of Band Members: 330 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence December 31, 2010 [last available data])

Skatin Nations (formerly Skookumchuck)

Location
: At the Douglas Portage on the Lillooet River. (10 reserves on 700.9 hectares.)

Number of Band Members: 384 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence December 31, 2010 [last available data])

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 member bands.

Location
: The member bands are located in the Lillooet River Valley between Harrison Lake and Pemberton.

Total band members
: 714 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence December 31, 2010 [last available data])

Negotiations

The two member bands of the In-SHUCK-ch Nation, Samahquam Nation and Skatin Nations, were among the first to enter the BC treaty process when it began in December 1993. At that time, they entered the process with the Douglas First Nation and the N'Quat'qua Band. Together, the four bands make up the Lower Stl'atl'imx Tribal Council. In October 1999, the Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council discontinued their participation in treaty negotiations. The N'Quat'qua subsequently withdrew from the joint treaty group and negotiations officially ceased in August 2001.

The remaining three bands submitted a new statement of intent to negotiate a treaty as the In-SHUCK-ch Council, which was accepted by the BCTC in April 2002, and negotiations resumed without the N'Quat'qua.

The table concluded Stage 4 of the negotiations process, the negotiation of an agreement in principle (AIP). It was officially signed by In-SHUCK-ch Nation Chiefs, the provincial and federal governments in August of 2007.

The parties continued negotiations with the goal of reaching a final agreement. Those negotiations successfully concluded in December 2009, when the parties reached agreement on all outstanding issues. Subsequently, Douglas First Nation voted to withdraw from the treaty process.

The remaining members of In-SHUCK-ch Nation remain engaged and continue to negotiate a final agreement with the federal and provincial governments.

Agreement-in-Principle

The AIP contemplated a capital transfer of $21.0 million ($2005) and approximately 13,208 hectares of provincial Crown land and 1,310 hectares of In-SHUCK-ch Nation’s current Indian Reserves land to be provided to In-SHUCK-ch Nation. Canada and British Columbia are also negotiating to acquire 59 ha of private land.

Negotiators are now working toward a final agreement with the remaining two members of In-SHUCK-ch Nation.

Other Activities

Forest and Range Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement (FCRSA)
In April 2011, the In-SHUCK-ch Nation signed a Forest and Range Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement .  FCRSAs provide First Nation communities with economic benefits returning directly to their community based on harvest activities in their traditional territory.  The three-year agreement provides the In-SHUCK-ch  with approximately $450,000 each year in revenue sharing. It also provides a consultation process for operational decisions related to forestry activities and a commitment from the In-Shuck-ch to work with B.C. to increase stability for the forest sector.

First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEB)
In November 2011, the In-SHUCK-ch Nation received FNCEB funding of $30,000 for community energy planning. This funding will help the In-SHUCK-ch study how they currently use energy and look at possible alternative energy options for the future.