What are our options?
Option 1: The Status Quo
The Status Quo means living under the Indian Act system.
- The Minister of Indian Affairs has final say over everything.
- Chief and Council are accountable to the Minister of Indian Affairs.
- We have limited authority over our limited land base on Indian reserves that we don't own.
- We are dependent on government policies and programs with no guarantee of funding.
- Others operate our businesses and we are "accommodated".
- No change in our basic situation.
Option 2: Litigation
Litigation means going to court with either BC or Canada to try and obtain ownership of lands and resources.
- Litigation is costly and time consuming.
- There are no guaranteed results.
- We don't want the courts to define our rights.
- It will always lead back to negotiations.
Option 3: Treaty
With treaty the WKTS will have an opportunity to define our rights and title as we think they should be.
- We will be self-sufficient and self-governing with law-making authority.
- We will have ownership and control over lands and resources.
- We can incorporate our own values and traditional forms of government in our own constitutions.
- We will have ownership and control over additional lands and resources.
- We will have on-going financial benefits and economic opportunities.
- We can control our own lives.
- We can make decisions based on the needs of our people.