"The traditional leadership, along with ordinary Indigenous People, have
been usurped by neo-colonial leaderships that are working with the settler
governments to bring this aberration of settlement to a final solution."
"We young people fully understand that the BC Treaty process was designed
to dispossess us youth of our aboriginal title to our lands and our
inherent rights to resources contained within our territories."
"From our point of view the Nisga'a model is a gross violation of the
Nisga'a human rights as peoples within the meaning of international law,
and we blame Prime Minister Chretien and Premier Clark for taking advantage
of the unequal bargaining power between the parties to that treaty."
"In early days we considered white chiefs like a superior race that never
lied nor stole, and always acted wisely and honorably. We expected they
would lay claim to what belonged to themselves only. In these
considerations we have been mistaken, and gradually have learned how
cunning, cruel, untruthful, and thieving some of them can be."
"The land will be held in fee simple by the Nisga'a - The same kind of land
ownership enjoyed by other landowners. the Nisga'a Government will function
under the umbrella of federal and provincial legislation, just like other
local governments. Generally, if there is a conflict between Nisga'a laws
and those of Canada and British Columbia, the federal or provincial
legislation will prevail. Good news for the economy, and prosperity for
communities in northwestern BC. There's no vagueness about the Nisga'a
Final Agreement. The Final Agreement is a full and final settlement of
Nisga'a Aboriginal Rights."
"The purpose of the BC Treaty process is to legitimize the theft of our