Feedback Requested on Land Claims Policy

Local governments have an opportunity to provide feedback on the interim Federal Comprehensive Land Claims Policy, the document that guides the government in its treaty negotiations with Aboriginal groups and provincial or territorial governments. UBCM is requesting a copy of any member feedback by October 17, 2014, in order to present a consolidated member response.

While the federal government’s approach to treaty negotiations has changed over the past several decades, this policy has not been updated since 1986. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) has released an interim policy document entitled Renewing the Comprehensive Land Claims Policy: Towards a Framework for Addressing Section 35 Aboriginal Rights. This document outlines Canada’s approach to treaty negotiations, and also includes a section specifically outlining the British Columbia treaty process.

This engagement opportunity will allow members to comment on the policy, as well as provide input based on recent Aboriginal legal cases, including the Tsilhqot’in land title decision.

Interested parties have until November 30, 2014, to provide their feedback to AANDC. However UBCM is requesting a copy of any member feedback by October 17 so that a consolidated response may be presented to the Ministerial Special Representative prior to the engagement deadline. Comments should be submitted to UBCM Policy Analyst Bhar Sihota at bsihota@ubcm.ca or (604) 270-8226 x110.

UBCM and AANDC have agreed to discuss the feedback received from local governments, including any issues raised by the membership.

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