174 pages, 6 x 9
2 maps
Release Date:30 Sep 2000

Treaty Talks in British Columbia, Second Edition

Negotiating a Mutually Beneficial Future

UBC Press

In this updated edition of Treaty Talks in British Columbia, Christopher McKee traces the origins and development of treaty negotiations in the province. Through an examination of Native concerns, he analyzes conflicting points of view and suggests alternatives for achieving consensus.

The new edition includes:

  • an overview of the Supreme Court of Canada's 1997 decision in Delgamuukw, and the impact of that ruling on Native peoples' bargaining power and on government policy initiatives;
  • a review of the Nisga'a Final Agreement and the main criticisms of the deal;
  • a discussion of the main components of the Sechelt Agreement-in-Principle, and whether or not the agreement can guarantee certainty in land tenure regimes; and
  • an analysis of the treaty-making process in the 21st century, focusing on the implications of a change in government in Victoria, territorial overlap among First Nations' treaty settlement lands, and the costs of treaty-making in the post-Nisga'a era.

Treaty Talks in British Columbia offers significant insights into a contentious issue. It will be a valuable resource for those interested in contemporary Aboriginal issues, Native studies, political science, and law, and for anyone who wishes to develop a better understanding of the future relationship between Native and non-Native British Columbians.

A guide to the contemporary tripartite treaty-making process underway between those First Nations within the Province of British Columbia that have chosen to enter the process and provincial government of British Columbia and the federal government of Canada ... This volume represents an invaluable introduction to the modern treaty negotiations ongoing in British Columbia. David Reed Miller, Western Historical Quarterly
Finally. In all the muddle, a book that gives the straight goods about treaty negotiations in British Columbia…the whole darn thing. Finally. (5 stars) The Milestones Review, Books for the Interior, Fall/Winter 1997
Succinct, informative, and easy to read. All of the major issues that surround treaty negotiation are thoroughly presented and discussed in an unbiased manner ... it is valuable to anyone interested in negotiations going on throughout Canada. Erin Rettie, Saskatchewan Law Review
Christopher McKee is president/CEO of BCN International., an international consultancy based in Ottawa.

Preface and Acknowledgments


1 Prelude to the Treaty-Making Process

2 The Process of Treaty-Making

3 The Issues to Be Negotiated

4 The Treaty-Making Process Considered

5 Treaty Implementation: Issues and Concerns

6 The Treaty-Making Process, 1996-2000 Reflections and Reconsiderations


A Recommendations of the British Columbia Claims Task Force, 1991

B Aboriginal Groups Participating in Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia (as of May 1999)

C Chronology of Events Contributing to the Treaty-Making Process in British Columbia




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