First Nations Negotiations

Last updated on February 26, 2018

First Nations engagement, through negotiation, is pivotal to the well being of Indigenous 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 Indigenous people from other British Columbians, and building a province where all citizens can participate in a prosperous economy.

Provincial Role

The Ministry of Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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:

  • Treaties
    • Final Agreements
    • Agreements-in-Principle
    • Incremental Treaty Agreements
  • Atmospheric Benefit Sharing Agreements
  • Cut-off Claims
  • Economic & Community Development Agreements
  • Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreements
  • Natural Gas Benefits Agreements
  • Reconciliation Agreements
    • Accords
    • Memorandums of Understanding
  • Revenue Sharing Agreements
    • First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund Revenue Sharing Agreements
    • Forest Consultation & Revenue Sharing Agreements
  • Strategic Engagement Agreements
  • Off-Reserve Action Plans

Contact information

The Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation leads the province's participation in treaty and other negotiations with First Nations.

PO Box 9100 Stn. Prov. Govt. Victoria BC V8W 9B1