CONTACT
pictured, left to right: Andrew Bak, Laura Cassidy,
Tammy Williams, Tanya Corbet, Chief Kim Baird

not pictured: Dan Millette, Rosemary Keelan
131 N. Tsawwassen Dr.
Delta, BC
V4M 4G2
Phone (604) 948-5211
Fax (604) 943-9226
Email: lauracassidy@dccnet.com
SUMMARY The Treaty Department was created in 1990, formally known as the Land Claims Department.
The main function of this department is to assist Chief and Council and the TFN in achieving a treaty. A treaty will
mean TFN will acquire a larger land base, increased finances, resources and self-governance powers to be self-sufficient.
There are several functions in this department that work towards achieving this goal.

The BCTC Process

The BC Treaty Process was formally established in 1991, when the Province formally
joined the negotiations with the BC First Nations and the Federal government. In 1993 the BC Treaty Commission (BCTC)
as formed out of this process. The BCTC facilitates the voluntary six-stage treaty process to ensure that fair, effective
and good faith negotiations occur. The six stages are as follows:

Stage One
Statement of Intent

First Nations choosing to enter into the treaty process must submit a Statement of Intent (SOI) to
the BCTC. The SOI identifies the traditional territory, overlapping First Nations and included background information on
the First Nation. Upon submission, the BCTC either accepts or rejects the SOI.

TFN submitted a SOI in December 1993, wherein it was accepted by the BCTC.

Stage Two
Readiness

This is the first opportunity for representatives from the First Nation, BC and Canada to formally meet and declare their
interests in treaty making, identify issues of concerns and to exchange information.

TFN was declared “ready” by the BCTC in September 1995.

Stage Three
Framework Agreement

The First Nation, Provincial and Federal governments negotiate procedural matter through the Framework Agreement, which
includes identification of substantive issues, establishment of a timeframe, initiation of the public information process
and identification of meeting procedures.

TFN signed the Framework Agreement in March 1999

Stage Four
Agreement-in-Principle

The Agreement-in-Principle (AIP) will form the basis of a treaty. Substantive negotiations will for sub-agreements within
this document. The ratification process will be implemented during this stage.

TFN is currently negotiating an AIP.

Stage Five
Final Treaty

The Final Treaty is based upon the AIP. The Final Treaty will resolve any outstanding technical or legal issues. Formal
ratification of the treaty will occur during this stage.

Stage Six
Implementation

Once the treaty has been signed, a substantial amount of work is still required. Above all, the execution
of long-term implementation plans and the commitment of good will and effort are the goal of the final stage of the process.

OTHER PROJECTS
Vancouver Port Authority

Ensuring that TFN interests are protected with the proposed expansion and the existing impacts at the Roberts Bank Super
Port is another area that the Treaty Department manages.

Department staff are involved with working with Chief and Council and the community to ensure that TFN interests are
recognized. We are seeking benefits for the TFN from the existing structure, and future expansion of the site.

Pre-Treaty Consultations

Government and private sector requests for consultation, in form of archaeological, environmental or Crown land sale
referrals within out Territory come through the Treaty Department. The department makes sure that all interested parties
are notified of any aboriginal or Treaty rights that may be affected, as a result of development activities.

Specific Claims

The community has identified a number of specific claims, which are managed through the treaty department. Research has
begun on these projects, and will be on going. Due to limited resources and the amount of work required for each issue,
the process is slow. If anyone wishes to identify a potential specific claim, please feel free to contact treaty staff
members.

Environmental Policy

Along with the Lands and Engineering Departments, the Treaty Department will, over the next number of months, develop an
Environmental Management Framework and Land Use Plan for the TFN and it’s Treaty Settlement Lands. These polices will
outline both the goals and limits to development within the TFN, as well as mitigation measures for environmental issues.