Xaxli'p First Nation
(formerly Fountain Band)
: Government representatives
are working to build relationships with the Xaxli'p First
Nation outside of the British Columbia Treaty Commission six-stage
: Was negotiating
independently with Canada and British Columbia. Not affiliated
with a tribal council or treaty group.
: On the Fraser River, north
of Lillooet (17 reserves on 1,581.6 hectares). (Source: First
Nations Profiles, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and British
Columbia First Nations websites)
Number of Band Members: 919 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and
Residence December 2006, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
The Xaxli'p First Nation entered the treaty
process in December 1993. The parties signed a framework agreement
3 of the six-stage process) in November 1997.
The First Nation then focused on internal research,
including substantial work on a traditional use study and an ecosystem-based
plan for their territory. They resumed negotiations in July 2000,
and the parties worked towards interim agreements, including a
water quality study and community forest pilot agreement.
In March 2001, the Xaxli'p First Nation left
the negotiating table.
Treaty Negotiations Office staff undertake
discussions with First Nations outside the treaty process on a
wide range of topics related to the resolution of the land question.
Discussions are informal so the level of interaction varies according
to specific situations and needs. Initiatives can involve building
relationships with First Nations, and addressing concerns associated
with asserted traditional territory.