www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/consulting-with-first-nations/agreements/we_wai_kai_incremental_treaty_agreement_17jun2019_signed.pdf „We continue to participate in the treaty negotiation process as the primary tool to achieve our national goals and create a future for our people based on security, strength and prosperity. It is the recent policy changes in British Columbia and Canada that encourage us to achieve a set of final contracts that will improve the well-being of Wei Wai Kum members much better than without, I remain hopeful, but there is still much to be done and we will need the help and participation of our members. – Wei Wai Kum Chief Chris Roberts millions of dollars in expenses and loans, those accumulated by First Nations in the contracting process were also awarded. CAMPBELL RIVER,B.C. A First Nation has signed an agreement that will return more than 3,000 acres of land after being in contract negotiations for more than two decades. Signing this contract is part of the fifth step of a six-step contracting process. The We Wai Kai Nation moved to the fifth phase of the process in August. In the sixth stage, the treaty will be implemented. The federal and provincial governments announced earlier this year that Indigenous rights could not be destroyed or abandoned in the contracting process. We, Wai Kai, and the federal and provincial governments moved to the fifth stage of the six-step contracting process last month. The We Wai Kai Nation and the provincial government have signed an agreement.
This agreement brings the First Nation and the province to a treaty. According to a statement from the province, the agreement includes a modern and innovative approach to modern contract negotiations and promises to create early economic development for The We Wai Kai. The Progressive Treaty Agreement will return approximately 3,075 acres of land in the lower Campbell Lake to We Wai Kai. Reclaiming the land will help increase the nation`s participation in local forestry and ensure long-term benefits for the community. „We`ve been sitting at the contract table for a long time and we know it`s important to show that contracts are more than just words,“ said Brian Assu, Chief of the We Wai Kai Nation. .