Economic Reconciliaton Agreements

Introduction

What does the term “reconciliation” mean in British Columbia today
What progress is being made?
Who is engaging in reconciliation negotiations and why?
What can they achieve for a First Nation?
Should your Nation be engaging?
How would you go about doing that?

These are some of the questions we will address in a ten-part series about reconciliation agreements. With reconciliation agreements quickly becoming the ‘go-to’ for governments and First Nations, we should all be taking the time to better understand what they are and how they work.

In this series, we will introduce you to the underlying legal and political rationales for reconciliation agreements, the B.C. Government’s approach to them, their pros and cons, what agreements have been negotiated to date, what it takes to engage in negotiations and how your First Nation might (or might not) benefit from a reconciliation agreement.

The purpose of this series is to both inform you about reconciliation agreements and to stimulate discussion. We hope you will take a few minutes each week to read these pieces and perhaps engage with the community on this important issue.

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