Treaty Talks in British Columbia traces the origins and development of treaty negotiations in the province. Since the second edition of this book was published in 2000, a number of significant developments have occurred: a controversial referendum on treaty mandates was held; the historic Tsawwassen treaty, the first to be signed in the BC treaty process, finally came into effect; and a second treaty was signed with the five Maa-nulth First Nations on the west coast of Vancouver Island. A striking theme running through the narrative is the way in which the provincial government changed the way it approached the negotiations and its relations with First Nations.
This updated edition includes a postscript, co-authored with Peter Colenbrander, which provides an extensive overview of the treaty process from 2001 to 2009. The authors outline the achievements of and challenges for the treaty process and review some of the most recent jurisprudence affecting Native and non-Native rights. They also reflect on the growing number of initiatives outside the treaty process to achieve reconciliation between First Nations and the Crown and raise questions about the future relationship between these initiatives and treaty negotiations.
Treaty Talks in British Columbia is a valuable resource for those interested in Aboriginal issues and the treaty process both in BC and throughout Canada. Succinct, informative, and easy to read, this book brings clarity to a complex and often contentious issue.
Christopher McKee is a former political scientist at the University of British Columbia and currently Chairman of Gavea Emerging Markets Corporation. Peter Colenbrander joined the BC Treaty Commission in 1995. From 2001 until his retirement in 2008, he was the manager of the Commission's facilitation and monitoring activities.
Preface to the Third Edition Preface to the Second Edition Introduction 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 7 Reflections and Reconsiderations Postscript: The Treaty-Making Process, 2000-09 / Peter Colenbrander and Christopher McKee Appendices Notes Bibliography Index