Treaty Booklet 1

WKTS Booklet 1_ITA Learn about the near completion of the Wei Wai Kum Incremental Treaty Agreement for 2300 hectares of land north of Lower Campbell Lake.


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WKTS Treaty Update_Summer 2020

The Wei Wai Kum Kwiakah Treaty Society (WKTS) is focused on exploring different mechanisms to exert our Nations’ interests. Treaty negotiations and participation in various Technical Working Groups enable Wei Wai Kum to maximize self-jurisdiction in areas like Land Code and Taxation. Capitalizing on Land Code and Taxation authority means that through treaty work we are advancing our interests both now and for the future.

One of the “spin-off” benefits of treaty is our ability to support language revitalization and as a result, since 2015, WKTS, in collaboration with LTS (We Wai Kai), has been actively supporting language revitalization and reclamation. Our goal was to support the already robust language programs that were being offered in the communities and at the schools as well as to build the language program overall. Currently, the entire language program is supported by grant money that is actively sought by our treaty team.




Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations Reach Stage…

Canada, British Columbia and Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations Advance to Final Treaty Negotiations


CAMPBELL RIVER – The governments of Canada and British Columbia and the Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations have signed a new agreement that will advance reconciliation and treaty negotiations.


Chief Christopher Roberts, Wei Wai Kum First Nation, Chief Steven Dick, Kwiakah First Nation, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and the Honourable Scott Fraser, British Columbia’s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, signed the Wei Wai Kum First Nation/Kwiakah First Nation Transition to Stage 5 and Treaty Revitalization Agreement.The Agreement advance treaty negotiations to the final stage and guide in the development of an approach that recognizes the rights of Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations.


This new strategy explicitly recognizes that Aboriginal rights are inherent and will not be extinguished or surrendered. It seeks to build a collaborative government-to-government relationship that’s flexible and able to adapt to changing circumstances over time.


Under this approach to treaty making, key elements such as self-government, land ownership and stewardship, and law-making authorities will be written into a constitutionally protected core treaty. Administrative and policy matters may be addressed through supplementary agreements that can be more easily amended, allowing for the government-to-government relationship to evolve as laws, policies and interests change. This approach makes room for a treaty relationship that is flexible and able to adapt over time.


Working as partners and developing new innovative approaches to government-to-government agreements is key to achieving reconciliation and supporting healthy and prosperous Indigenous communities in Canada.




Chief Christopher Roberts, Wei Wai Kum First Nation – 


“It has been a long journey to reach the milestone of Stage 5 of the BC Treaty process, and is the result of hard work by all involved. We appreciate the commitment the Governments of Canada and B.C. have made to recognize Wei Wai Kum Nation’s rights as defined under the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples as we continue on this path to achieving true reconciliation and management over our traditional territory.”


Chief Steven Dick, Kwiakah First Nation – 


“Kwiakah First Nation is pleased to be able to take this important step in the treaty process. In the spirit of reconciliation we look forward to working with both the Federal and Provincial Government’s to achieve a treaty that will respect the rights and title of Kwiakah Citizens.”


Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations – 


“Working collaboratively with the Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations to develop new approaches to advance treaty negotiations is key to reconciliation and supporting their vision of self-determination. This agreement demonstrates that the Government of Canada is committed to reconciliation with First Nations through the affirmation of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.”


Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation – 


“Today marks an important milestone on the path of reconciliation with the Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah. Our Government is committed to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous partners throughtreaties, and other agreements, which are based on lasting government-to-government relationships and recognition of the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples. This new approach to treaty making will create agreements that can evolve over time and respect the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”


Learn More:



Sarah Plank

Communications Director

Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

250 208-9621


Matthew Dillon-Leitch

Director of Communications

Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations



Media Relations

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada



Linda Campbell

Treaty Administrator

Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations

250 286-6949


Communications TRM Video 1 – Incremental Treaty Agreement

Here is the first of 3 videos that are part of Communications Videos that the Wei Wai Kum-Kwiakah Treaty Society is creating.

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