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New B.C. treaty policy will be as effective as political will to implement it, lawyer says – The Lawyer’s Daily

September 12, 2019

Members of the legal community in British Columbia are hailing a new policy for negotiating treaties with First Nations in the province as a step forward in advancing reconciliation, but say issues remain that could lead to complications down the road.

The Recognition and Reconciliation of Rights Policy for Treaty Negotiations, which was revealed Sept. 5, supports recognition of a rights-based approach to treaty negotiations and bases them on the idea that rights are not extinguished or surrendered when a treaty is signed. The policy was developed jointly by the federal and provincial governments and the B.C. First Nations Summit, an organization set up to help Indigenous peoples in the province in their treaty negotiations.

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