Internal Strategy Sessions
Internal Treaty Meetings occur for a full day on a monthly basis the day prior to Main Table Negotiations. Here the Treaty Team meet and discuss a range of topics deemed important and strategize on relevant objectives and timelines for subsequent Main Table discussions.
Internal Fish Strategy meetings commenced in February 2020 to establish a cohesive vision and plan for fisheries management and access that will inform collaborative work with other nations and Provincial/Federal Governments. Community engagement will occur in the near future on the Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah’s Fish Strategy.
Main Table – External Meetings
Main Table Treaty meetings occur for a full day on a monthly basis, with Wei Wai Kum Kwiakah Treaty Team, Canada and BC Negotiators. Negotiations are based on Stage 5 objectives and issues that need to be resolved in moving WKTS forward towards a Treaty Agreement. Updates of parallel Technical Working Group developments are relayed and direction given for future work at each Main Table meeting.
Treaty Chapter Working Group
The Treaty Chapter Working Group have a mandate from the Main Table to develop the key content for the Treaty chapters which make up the Final Treaty Agreement membership will vote upon. This work is shared between the Canada, BC and WKTS. Chapters include, for example, Harvesting Rights, Resource Management, Governance, etc.
Treaty Transition Technical Working Group
The Treaty Transition Technical Working Group was established in 2020 and meets on a bimonthly basis. Reporting to the WKTS Main Table this Working Group brings together Wei Wai Kum, Kwiakah, Canada and BC representatives to support the change from the Indian Act and Land Code Bands to self-governing nations. Specifically, the Working Group identifies and plans for efficient and effect transformation of the Nations’ current state to the full suite of authorities and capacities necessary to implement Treaty.
Lands Technical Working Group
The Lands Technical Working Group meets on a monthly basis, has Tripartite representation and reports to the Main Table. This working group was established to complete the land transfer for the Incremental Treaty Agreement, and acquisition of 2300 hectares of land north of Lower Campbell Lake. Upon completion of this transaction, the group will focus efforts on land selection for Treaty Settlement Lands Treaty settlement lands is an area of land that will be owned and managed by First Nations pursuant to a Treaty
Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah are also advancing recognition of their ownership and rights to their lands, waters and resources through Reconciliation Agreements.
Government to Government Negotiations – G2G Joint Decision Making
Wei Wai Kum, We Wai Kai and Kwiakah have joined forces to negotiate with the Province on a shared decision-making framework with the Natural Resource Sector. Here the Laich-Kwil-Tach Nations join together to ensure we have a say over the resources in our territory. This work began with meetings with BC in the fall of 2019 and continues on a monthly basis.
Five Nation Fish Common Table
Wei Wai Kum, We Wai Kai, Kwiakah, Tlowitsis, K’omoks
The 5 A- Tlegay Nations have joined together to negotiate a Fish Reconciliation Agreement with the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans. All Nations are participating in treaty negotiations and the results of this agreement will be referenced in a Treaty Agreement. We are using what other nation groups such as the Coastal First Nations have negotiated as a guideline of the benefits we hope to achieve in this process. The areas under negotiation are access to commercial licenses and aquaculture; management and conservation of fish stocks and governance over the resource.
February 10 2021 – The Chiefs of the A-Tlegay Member Nations (We Wai Kai Nation, Wei Wai Kum First Nation, Kwiakah First Nation, Tlowitsis Nation, and K’ómoks First Nation) and Canada, announced the signing of the “Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Fisheries Resources.” The Framework Agreement forms a common fisheries negotiation table between the Government of Canada and the A-Tlegay Member Nations (AMN). Through this agreement the parties are building a process that advances reconciliation in respect of fisheries resources. The goal is to expand the Nations’ access to the commercial industry, including aquaculture, develop community fisheries, and create a mechanism for collaborative governance of fisheries resources.