January 30, 2017 (Williams Lake, British Columbia) –
The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council office in Williams Lake was the site of an evening meeting on Friday January 27th between the four Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) community Chiefs and the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
This face to face meeting with the NStQ Chiefs was requested by Minister Bennett to bring her and her staff up to date with the issues facing the NStQ First Nations as they prepare to enter Stage Five – Final Negotiations of the Treaty process, one which the NStQ has been engaged in for over twenty years.
The meeting was respectful and productive. It focused on territorial and boundary issues which affect the NStQ. The NStQ Chiefs emphasized several important issues to Minister Bennett that they felt to be impediments in moving the treaty process forward in a more timely manner.
Minister Bennett, Deputy Minister Joe Wild, and their Indigenous and Northern Affairs staff left the meeting with a clearer understanding of the current issues facing the NStQ and a directive to improve and help streamline the Federal Governments’ involvement at the NStQ treaty table. Minister Bennett underlined her complete, unwavering support and commitment to the tripartite treaty process, one which will result in an NStQ Treaty that Northern Shuswap First Nation membership will be proud of. Along with Canada, the tripartite process includes the Province of British Columbia and the NStQ Nations as the three parties negotiating an NStQ Treaty.
For Media Inquiries please contact:
o NStQ Spokesperson - Chief Donna Dixon, P: 250-267-7464
The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council is a non-governing body which supports and works on behalf of the four Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) member communities of Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc), Soda Creek Indian Band (Xats’ull), Canim Lake Indian Band (Tsq’escen’) and Stswecem’c Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek / Dog Creek First Nation).