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NStQ Treaty – Announcing new Spokespersons / Concerns about BC Treaty Process and stalled negotiations.

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March 2nd, 2017 (Williams Lake, British Columbia) – Northern Shuswap Tribal Council is proud to announce new spokespeople representing the NStQ Leadership Council.
At the March 1st Leadership Council Meeting held in Council Chambers at the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council office in Williams Lake, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem Chief Patrick Harry was nominated for and accepted the position of NStQ Spokesperson. Xatśūll Chief Donna Dixon was nominated for and accepted the position of NStQ Alternate Speaker. Both positions hold a one year term.
During the two-day NStQ Leadership Council meeting, invited guests from the British Columbia Treaty Commission (BCTC) and First Nations Summit (FNS) heard issues of serious concern raised by NStQ leadership. Both organizations exist to provide advocacy to BC’s First Nations engaged in the treaty process, by lobbying federal and provincial governments on behalf of the negotiating First Nations.
Jerry Lampert, BCTC Commissioner, Mark Smith, BCTC Director of Process, Miriam Moore, BCTC Process Advisor, along with Robert Phillips of the First Nations Summit political task group, listened to the NStQ leaders express grave concerns about the lack of forward progress and meaningful negotiations at the NStQ treaty table, specifically relating to the current deficiencies within the mandates from both Canada and British Columbia. While an Agreement in Principle (AiP) has been initialled by both governments, the NStQ continue to wait for federal and provincial cabinets to formally approve the AiP, permitting the NStQ to officially enter Stage Five Final Negotiations of the six-stage treaty process.
Quotes:

Patrick Harry, NStQ Spokesperson – “I am pleased and honored to accept the position of NStQ Leadership Council Spokesperson. There are many matters of serious concern that the NStQ are engaged with and I look forward to advancing our voice and political will within the communities we live. My goal is to provide a factual, balanced view of our engagement and commitment within the BC Treaty Process, and to hold the provincial and federal governments accountable to the well-being of all of our NStQ citizens now and into the future.”

Donna Dixon, NStQ Alternate Speaker – “I believe the work that is being done on a daily basis within the NStQ communities benefits our people currently, and has a direct impact on our future generations. While we continue to press our issues and concerns with both Canada and BC, I am deeply honored to work for and to speak on behalf of our citizens.”
Background:

*NStQ Leadership Council is comprised of chiefs and councils of each of the four Northern Secwepemc communities of Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc), Soda Creek Indian Band (Xatśūll), Canim Lake Indian Band (Tsq’escen’) and Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek / Dog Creek).
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For Media Inquiries please contact:

o Patrick Harry, NStQ Spokesperson [E: chief@canoecreekband.ca / P: 250-855-8621]
o Donna Dixon, NStQ Alternate Speaker [E: d.dixon@xatsull.com / P: 250-267-7464]