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AiP Referendum Date Now Announced

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*Press Release*

September 4, 2015

NStQ Leadership Council confirms date of BC Treaty Negotiations Agreement-in-Principle Vote.

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ), which comprises four First Nation bands, have been working together to participate in the BC Treaty Process to negotiate and obtain control over their future through self-government. The four bands include Tsq’escen’ (Canim Lake), Stswecem’c / Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek/Dog Creek), Xats’ull/Cmetem’ (Soda Creek) and T’exelc (Williams Lake).

Treaty negotiations have been ongoing since 1993 through extensive consultative work by the Treaty Team and membership of each of the four communities dedicated to the development of an agreement. The NStQ have completed substantive negotiations and are now at the end of Stage 4, or the Agreement-in-Principle (AiP) negotiations of the BC Treaty Commission Negotiation Process. The AiP is a starting point for the final agreement negotiations.

At the September 3rd NStQ Leadership Council meeting, it was confirmed that a vote for all NStQ band members (of voting age) will be held on February 11th, 2016. The referendum question is – “Do you support the recommendation of the NStQ leadership to proceed to final agreement negotiations?”

NStQ will be hosting various information meetings this fall to help band members become well informed about the AiP and the referendum voting process. Contact each band’s treaty team for more information on specific locations, dates and times of upcoming meetings:
o Canim Lake: 250-397-2002
o Canoe Creek / Dog Creek: 250-440-5649
o Soda Creek / Deep Creek: 250-989-2323
o Williams Lake: 250-296-3507

For more information about the AiP and Treaty Process:
www.nstqtreaty.ca
www.bctreaty.net/

Or, contact: Beth Bedard, NStQ Treaty Team Coordinator
E: b.bedard@nstq.org
P: (250) 392-7361 ext. 226 TF: 1-888-392-7361 Fax: 250-392-6158