Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Ida Chong released the following statement today in response to Wednesday's yes vote by Kitsumkalum First Nation members regarding the ratification of their Agreement in Principle (AIP):
"The vote in favour of the Kitsumkalum AIP is an important step forward, not only for the Kitsumkalum First Nation, but also for the community of Terrace and surrounding area.
"I would like to congratulate Kitsumkalum community members on making their voices heard. This is a key milestone on the road to a treaty that will see Kitsumkalum become a full, self-governing treaty nation.
"The next step in treaty negotiations is for the AIP to be signed by Canada, B.C. and Kitsumkalum and for Final Agreement negotiations to proceed."
For more information on treaties in British Columbia, visit: www.treaties.gov.bc.ca/Terrace Daily Additional Information:
For details on the conflict this approval will continue click HERE
For historical context and indepth details Click HERE
To read about the present day issues which had Kitsumkalum in a "Catch 22" situation whereby they almost had to approve the AIP Click HERE
To read about the ITA deal they signed where they have now given away all their Indian Rights as has been protected since 1763, by the Royal Proclamation Click HERE
To read summaries of the actual agreements Click HERE
The Yes supporters celebrate with hugs and Gerald Wesley shakes Alex Boltons hand