Northern Regional Negotiations Table
Carcross/Tagish First Nations
Location: At Carcross, approximately 18 km north of the B.C./Yukon boundary, and 60 km southeast of Whitehorse. (One settlement on 64.8 hectares.)
Number of Band Members: 609 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence May 2009, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
Location: Main community is at Haines Junction. (Four reserves on 610.7 hectares.)
Number of Band Members: 789 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence May 2009, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
Teslin Tlingit First Nation
Location: At Teslin, on the Alaska Highway and the eastern shore of Teslin Lake, 18 km north of the B.C./Yukon boundary. (Three reserves on 161.5 hectares.)
Number of Band Members:
559 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence May 2009, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
Negotiating status: Negotiating transboundary agreements with Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, Carcross/Tagish First Nation and Teslin Tlingit Council within the British Columbia Treaty Commission six-stage treaty process.
Negotiating affiliation: Participating First Nations are negotiating separate agreements with Canada and British Columbia at a common treaty table (the Northern Regional Negotiations table)
Location: Participating First Nations are located in the southwestern part of the Yukon Territory.
2,328 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence May 2009, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
Total band members
The First Nations at the Northern Regional Negotiations Table entered the B.C. treaty process at various times. They have already negotiated comprehensive treaties with the Yukon Territorial Government and the Government of Canada. Their interests in B.C. stem from the fact that some of their asserted traditional territories lie within the provincial boundaries.
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations were involved in negotiations with Canada and the Yukon Territorial Government when the B.C. treaty process began in 1993, and were among the first to sign land claims and self-government agreements with Canada and Yukon. They entered the B.C. treaty process in December 1993 after they had signed their Yukon agreement.
Teslin Tlingit Council
The Teslin Tlingit Council, also among the first to sign an agreement with Yukon and Canada, entered the B.C. treaty process in June 1994.
Carcross/Tagish First Nation
Carcross/Tagish First Nation, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Yukon signed land claim and self-government agreements in 2005. They had earlier entered the BC treaty process in October 1997.
In June 2004, 15 northern First Nations and organizations with asserted traditional territory in northern BC, the Yukon and Northwest Territories signed an agreement to form the Northern Nations Alliance. The agreement states that all decisions affecting the future of Northern Nations Alliance lands will be made in a cooperative manner with all signatory nations as full and equal participants.
The Northern Nations Alliance includes: Taku River Tlingit First Nation (BC), Carcross/Tagish First Nations (Yukon), Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (Yukon), Dakh Ka Tlingit Nation (Yukon), Daylu Dena Council (BC – aka Lower Post FN), Dease River First Nation (BC), Iskut First Nation (BC), Kaska Dena Council (BC), Kaska Tribal Council (BC & Yukon), Kwadacha Nation (BC), Ross River Dena Council (Yukon), Tahltan Band Council (BC), Tahltan Central Council (BC) and Teslin Tlingit First Nation (Yukon).
As dates are established for public treaty negotiations meetings, they will be publicized through the local media and on the B.C. Treaty Commission website Negotiations Calendar.