Yale First Nation
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 River at Yale, approximately 20 km north of Hope.
(16 reserves on 217 hectares.)
Number of Band Members: 154 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence January 2011, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
The Yale First Nation (YFN) entered the treaty process in April 1994, and is now in Stage 5 of the six-stage process, negotiating to finalize a treaty.
The Yale First Nation AIP was approved by the Yale community in a series of meetings held in the fall of 2005, by BC's Cabinet on February 6th, 2006, and by the federal Cabinet June 23, 2006.
A ceremony was held in Vancouver on March 9, 2006, where the AIP was officially signed by the three parties.
A treaty moved a step closer on November 20, 2008, when the Yale First Nation chief signed an understanding between Yale First Nation and the Province to conclude treaty negotiations between the two parties. The signing represented an interim step prior to the final agreement being initialled by all three parties.
On February 5, 2010, that initialling became a reality, as Canada, BC and Yale initialled the final agreements.
Yale First Nations members approved the agreement in March 2011. The legislation entitled “Bill 11 – 2011: Yale First Nations Final Agreement Act” was introduced in the BC Legislature on May 18, 2011, and passed on June 2, 2011. It now goes through the federal parliamentary process. If Parliament passes its legislation, a date is then set by the three parties for the treaty to take effect.
The Final Agreement provides for 1,966 hectares of proposed treaty lands, including 1,749 hectares of provincial Crown land and 217 hectares of existing reserve land. The offer also includes a capital transfer of $10.7 million.
Yale Final Agreement Side Agreements
In April 2005, it was announced that Yale First Nation, the District of Hope, the Fraser Valley Regional District, Electoral Area 'B' were invited to apply for a probationary community forest agreement, providing up to 34,300 cubic metres of timber annually in the Fraser timber supply area.
In October 2007, the Ministry of Forests and Range issued the five-year probationary community forest agreement.