The Treaty Process
The Six-Stage Negotiation Process
The treaty process is facilitated by the BC Treaty Commission and is voluntary and open to all First Nation in British Columbia.
The Six-stage Negotiations Process
Public information is a necessary component of a successful treaty negotiation process. The underlying principle is one of openness — in providing information to the public about the negotiation process and the substantive issues under discussion and in allowing appropriate access to negotiation tables.
The province recognizes that communities and local interest groups must be consulted and informed if treaties are to be successful. Consultation normally occurs when input is critical to developing and concluding agreements.
Provincial negotiators develop strategic consultation plans that outline issue-specific discussions with stakeholders from different sectors and discussions with community and local government representatives. As well, reference groups may be established to review specific policy initiatives.
This approach is cost effective and reflects the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation's move to integrated negotiating units focused on opportunities for success.