NCFNG BC Region Successfully Hosts Forum in Kamloops
On March 20th, 2012, NCFNG hosted a BC Regional Forum that was attended by members from at least 21 communities from Central BC, Treaty 8 in the Northeast corner of British Columbia, Okanagan Nation and from the Shuswap Nation. The forum took place at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC on the Shuswap Nation territory. Participants were able to hear from some of the local chiefs who have experience in working toward the resolution of outstanding issues that they experienced in dealing with the Crown (BC), Industry and how they were able to come to an agreement. Also, the chiefs talked about the some of the problems they experienced in negotiations and how the province was persuaded to change its stance on some issues.
Additionally, panel presenters discussed the work they are doing for First Nations in the province and what tools they have been developing on information management for communities and how to organize and store the information for easy access when dealing with Referrals and developing their strength of claim for consultation and accommodation.