Jun 1/98: BC Premier responds to NYM occupation


The following letter from Glen Clark, Premier of BC, was sent in response to an occupation of BC Treaty Commission offices in Vancouver by the NYM.

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Date: Mon, 01 Jun 1998 14:32:33 -0700
From: "Premier CPCS:EX" < Premier@gems7.gov.bc.ca >
Subject: RE: BCTC occupation

I'm sorry for the lengthy delay in getting back to you. I'm very pleased the occupation ended peacefully and the Treaty Commission offices have resumed normal operations.

Government recognizes the frustrations of all First Nations-including aboriginal youth-and that is why we established the treaty process as a peaceful, effective means of resolving aboriginal issues.

BC is establishing a new relationship with aboriginal peoples-the treaty process is the cornerstone of this relationship. The treaty process will help create new opportunities and jobs for First Nations communities, including aboriginal youth. I remain fully committed to the treaty process in BC.

All treaties will be settled on the principles of fairness and equity, and the interests of all British Columbians will be protected in treaty negotiations in the form of fair value for the lands and resources provided in any settlement.

The province is actively engaged in negotiating agreements-in-principle with First Nations, and will continue to work with them and other parties to expedite and streamline treaty and pre-treaty processes.

Glen Clark

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