Lheidli T’enneh Band
Negotiating status: Negotiating a treaty settlement within the British Columbia Treaty Commission six-stage treaty process.
Negotiating affiliation: Negotiating independently with Canada and British Columbia. Not affiliated with a tribal council or treaty group.
Location: On the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, near Prince George. Main community is on Fort George (Shelley) Indian Reserve #2, which is split by the Fraser River and referred to as North Shelley and South Shelley, 16 km northeast of Prince George. (Four reserves on 677 hectares.)
Number of Band Members: 320 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and
Residence December 2006, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
The Lheidli T'enneh Band entered the BC treaty process when the BC Treaty Commission began accepting submissions in December 1993.
In July 2003, the three parties signed an Agreement in Principle (AIP) at a community celebration in Prince George, thereby enabling the parties to negotiate a Final Agreement.
Chief negotiators for the three parties reached a tentative deal on that Final Agreement in August 2006 and initialled it on October 29, 2006 at a celebration attended by provincial and federal ministers and the Premier.The agreement included a land package that consists of approximately 4,330 hectares, including 3,653 hectares of provincial and federal Crown land and 677 hectares of existing Indian reserves. This was the first Final Agreement initialled under the BC treaty process.
On March 30, 2007, the Lheidli T'enneh Band held a community ratification vote on the Final Agreement. With a final count of 123 against and 111 in favour, the Lheidli T'enneh community did not ratify the Final Agreement. Of the 273 people on the voters list, 234 voted (86% voter turn-out).
Lheidli T’enneh Final Agreement Appendices (PDF - 9.48 MB)
Final Agreement Appendix Maps
The Lheidli T’enneh Band Final Agreement Brochure (PDF - 598KB)
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Lheildi T’enneh Agreement in Principle