This section provides information on Metlakatla’s treaty negotiations to both the general public and Metlakatla members. Please note, if you are a Metlakatla member, please log in or create an account so that you may access the confidential members-only pages. Members will have access to information on our negotiations, Constitution, and other treaty-related documents as they are released.
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Why is Metlakatla in Treaty Negotiations?
The mandate of the Treaty negotiation team is to represent the best interests of the Metlakatla Members during the treaty negotiations with the Province and Canada. Our mandate, given to us by the Metlakatla people, is:
Metlakatla Treaty negotiations and annual planning processes are guided in part by our Treaty Board.
The current board consists of Alrita Leask, Joycelynn Mitchell, and as the Chief Negotiator, Harold Leighton is the Board’s chair.
Treaty Staff: refer to the staff profile page
The Treaty Process has six stages…
Stage One— Statement of Intent (SOI)
The First Nation signs a statement of intent with the BC Treaty Commission to negotiate a treaty. Metlakatla first signed the SOI in 1990 as part of the Tsimshian Tribal Council.
Stage Two— Preparations for Negotiations
An initial meeting was held to exchange information, discuss research, identify main issues of concern, and determine the readiness of all parties to begin negotiations.
Have questions about how and why Metlakatla is negotiating a treaty? See the questions below for answers to some common questions.
What is the reason for treaty?
We are negotiating a treaty to protect our lands and resources, to build capacity, to create economic development opportunities, and to achieve self-government. All of this will leave a legacy for our children and help build a brighter future for all members.
This page is for members to access information regarding our Agreement in Principle - once a draft is ready to be shared with the membership.
The following organizations provide additional information regarding treaty negotiations:
Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Development Canada (Indian Affairs)