Sechelt Indian Band
: Negotiating a comprehensive treaty settlement within the British Columbia Treaty Commission six-stage treaty process.
: Negotiating independently with Canada and British Columbia. Not affiliated with any tribal council or treaty group.
On the Sechelt Peninsula (Sunshine Coast), approximately 50 km northwest of Vancouver.
Number of Band Members: 1,185 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and
Residence December 2006, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
The Sechelt Indian Band entered the treaty process in July 1994, and is now in Stage 5 of the six-stage process.
An agreement in principle was signed on April 16, 1999. In October 1999, the Sechelt requested a break in final agreement negotiations in order to consult with their community members. The parties are waiting for the results of that consultation.
In 1986, the Sechelt became the first Indian band in Canada to attain self-government through proclamation of the federal Sechelt Indian Band Self-Government Act. The act established self-government and law-making powers to the band and, under federal law, transferred fee simple title to their Indian reserves. In 1987, the province enacted a companion act called the Sechelt Indian Government District Enabling Act that provided the necessary provincial recognition of the federal act and enabled the formation of the Sechelt Indian Government District. The act contained a clause that required the provincial act to be extended in 2006 and the parties signed a 20-year extension in January 2006.
As dates are established for open public meetings, they will be publicized through the local media and on the B.C. Treaty Commission Website Negotiations Calendar.