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Nazko First Nation

Background

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

Negotiation Affiliation
: Negotiating independently with Canada and British Columbia. Affiliated with the five-member Carrier Chilcotin Tribal Council, none of the other member bands of which are involved in the B.C. treaty process.

Location
: Approximately 120 km west of Quesnel, in the B.C. Interior. Main community is on Nazko Indian Reserve #20. (19 reserves on 1,851.4 hectares)

Total band members
: 361 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence, August 2012, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada)

Negotiations

The Nazko Treaty Office entered the treaty process in November 1994, and is now in Stage 4 of the six-stage process, negotiating an agreement in principle.

In August 2012, the Province and Nazko signed an Incremental Treaty Agreement. Under the terms of the ITA, Nazko First Nation will receive over 275 hectares of Crown land. The first transfer is of two parcels totalling more than 103 hectares, near the main Nazko community west of Quesnel. The remaining land transfers will be based on achieving milestones in treaty and economic development opportunities.

The 103 hectares include an industrial site that Nazko First Nation will apply to have re-zoned to take advantage of economic opportunities. The land parcels will create jobs and new business opportunities, in timber and wood fibre, for Nazko First Nation members and surrounding communities. As a result of the agreement, as many as 300 direct and indirect jobs could be created over a 10-year period.

The early transfer of lands will help Nazko First Nation community members achieve immediate economic benefits.

Other Activities

In April 2011, Nazko and the Province signed a Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement. The three-year agreement provides the First Nation with economic benefits returning directly to the community based on harvest activities in their traditional territory.