The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation leads the province's participation in treaty and other negotiations with First Nations.
First Nations engagement, through negotiation, is pivotal to the well being of Aboriginal Interests, businesses and citizens.
Government builds relationships and works with First Nations people and community leaders focusing collective efforts on closing the socio-economic gaps that separate Aboriginal people from other British Columbians, and building a province where all citizens can participate in a prosperous economy.
The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation negotiates treaties to create economic certainty over Crown land and resources and to improve the lives of First Nations. Treaties and other agreements stimulate investment, create jobs and expand economies in communities throughout British Columbia and provide a better quality of life for Aboriginal people.
The Ministry leads the province's participation in Final Agreement and advanced Agreement-in-Principle negotiations, interim measures and other agreements with First Nations and the federal government on lands and resources, governance, fiscal relations and capacity-building. It works with Aboriginal leaders, government agencies, industry, local government and the public to build support for negotiated agreements and coordinates the cross-government implementation of treaties and other agreements as they are concluded.
Reconciliation requires government to listen and respond to the particular priorities of specific First Nations, government agencies and the business community. A broad range of agreement types contribute to achieving reconciliation and creating economic opportunities for First Nations.
Treaties and other agreements are important tools for First Nations to develop sustainable, healthy, resilient communities. These agreements help build relationships with First Nations, resolve conflicts, or address concerns associated with development on traditional territories.
Both treaties and non-treaty agreements are key aspects of this government’s vision for a strong economy and secure tomorrow for all British Columbians.
Agreements negotiated within British Columbia: