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The New Relationship Progress Report
Building a Road to a New Relationship

“Let us face it, we are all here to stay”
Justice Lamer, The Supreme Court of Canada, Delgamuukw vs. British Columbia and Canada, December 11, 1997

Volume 1 | Issue 1 | April 2006

This is the first New Relationship Progress Report issued jointly by the First Nations Leadership Council and the provincial government. Throughout the coming year, you can expect to see quarterly reports that will chart the course of progress. 


In November 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered two significant rulings in the Haida and Taku River Tlingit cases. These judgments made it clear that governments have an obligation to consult with First Nations when decisions related to Crown land may impact Aboriginal rights and title.

These decisions echoed earlier judgments, including the landmark Delgamuukw case, in which the courts instructed governments and First Nations to reconcile these matters through negotiation, not litigation. Reconciliation involves building a positive, enduring relationship based on trust and mutual respect.

In this spirit, in March 2005, senior provincial government officials and leaders from the First Nations Summit, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and BC Assembly of First Nations talked about how government is going to fulfill its obligation to consult and address First Nations interests.

Together, they drafted a vision for the New Relationship.

IN THIS REPORT: 

New Relationship Vision

2

First Nations Leadership Council

2

First Ministers’ Meeting

3

Transformative Change Accord

3

$100 Million Trust

4

Forest & Range Agreement Revisions

4

New Relationship Timeline

4

Speech from the Throne

5

Provincial Budget Highlights

5

Message from the Provincial Government

6

Message from the Leadership Council

6

Plans for the Future

7

Calendar of Events

8

Download and read the full edition of the New Relationship Progress Report (PDF)


 

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