February 9th, 2016 (Williams Lake, British Columbia) The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and its affiliated NStQ Treaty Group is holding the Agreement-in-Principle (AiP) referendum this Thursday (February 11th) with community polling stations open from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm.
NStQ band members 18 years of age and older are eligible to vote at their own bands’ polling station only. The ballot question asks: “Do you support the recommendation of the NStQ Leadership Council to proceed to Final Agreement Negotiations?” Referendum results will be available after 10:00 am on February 12th, 2016.
It is important to note that this referendum is NOT a vote on the NStQ Treaty itself. It is a vote that will decide whether the NStQ membership wish to continue into the final negotiations stage (Stage Five) of the six-stage made-in-BC Treaty Process. Stage Five can take anywhere from 3 – 5 years to complete. Once a ‘final agreement’ is negotiated, the NStQ membership will be holding a final vote whether to accept the treaty, before the ‘Implementation’ (Stage Six) can begin. Referendum results will be available after 10:00 am on February 12th, 2016.
The five polling stations are as follows:
Canim Lake Indian Band (Tsq’escen’) – Canim Lake Band Administration Building
Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc) – Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium
Soda Creek Indian Band (Xats’ūll) – Soda Creek Health Station
Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek / Dog Creek Indian Bands) – Rosie Seymour Gymnasium, and Dog Creek Community Centre
For information regarding “Referendum Results”, please contact:
o Marg Casey
(NStQ Referendum Officer)
P: 250-392-7361 ext: 208
For information regarding the “NStQ Treaty Process”, please contact:
o Donna Dixon
(Chair - Northern Shuswap Tribal Council Board of Directors / Chief - Soda Creek Indian Band)
P: 250-267-7464 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
• WEB: http://nstqtreaty.ca/
• Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1QeLm1n