Our relationship with the governments of Canada and British Columbia will change. The Agreement will mean we no longer are subject to the Indian Act. The Lheidli T’enneh will have a fully-empowered and recognized government under law and all three governments will provide services to members of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. Respectful relationships with other First Nations and local municipal governments will also be continued.
The Final Agreement provides funding, which includes:
- A one-time lump sum settlement of more than $18 million to be paid over a 10 year period
- Enhanced annual block funding for programs and services like education and community health services under a side agreement that will be re-negotiated every five years
- $12.1 million one-time funding to help set up a new Lheidli T’enneh government, for treaty management and for land, resource and fisheries management
- The Lheidli T’enneh government will also share in the wealth from the resources of British Columbia through a fifty-year Resource Revenue Sharing agreement
Negotiated on behalf of all Lheidli T’enneh members by a negotiating team made up of Band members and hired professionals, the Final Agreement represents the fruit of more than 10 years of talks between the Lheidli T’enneh and the governments of British Columbia and Canada. Our people have long been leaders in treaty negotiations and we were the first to reach a Final Agreement in this way.
The Final Agreement is a treaty and land claim agreement that would be recognized and protected under the Canadian Constitution. It sets out the full details of our government-to-government relationship with Canada and British Columbia in four areas: governance, finance, land and natural resources. It provides a road-map for a prosperous and self-reliant future that our future generations may take pride in.