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									                                                                                                                                                                                                            Issue 11 | January 2010

    Treaty Trivia - GUESS WHO CONTEST

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                                                                                                                              Letter from the Editor • Year In Review • A Day of Learning and Celebration Northwest Transmission Line
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Letter from the Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Year In ReviewThe Treaty office has been busy this year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Here is a look at treaty highlights of 2009.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    February 2009            Treaty Mail – Out #1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Chapter 25 (Ratification of the Final Agreement & Chapter 24 (Approval of the Agreement in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Principle) and monthly newsletters mailed out to members
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    February 9 – 13, 2009    Vancouver Maintable Session Main Table – Ongoing treaty meetings where the chief negotiators for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Canada, British Columbia and the Kitsumkalum Nation and their teams negotiate their parties’
    Dear Kitsumkalum Community Members,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      interests and discuss treaty issues.
    Hope you had a great holiday and a happy                                                                          line will overlap on Kitsumkalum territory.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   February 10 – 11, 2009   Vancouver Tripartite Tripartite meetings are a joint meeting with representatives from each of the
    2010! The month of December was                                                                                   It was attended by an estimated 200                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    three principals – the First Nation (Kitsumkalum), and the federal and provincial governments.
                                                                                                                      Kitsumkalum people and was very                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Meeting agenda discusses and negotiates the Agreement in Principle.
    extremely busy for us at the Treaty Office.
    With the December 16th community                                                                                  successful.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    March 9 – 13, 2009       Maintable Session       Vancouver
    dinner around the proposed Northwest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    March 10 – 11, 2009      Tripartite Session      Vancouver
    Transmission Line and the memorandum                                                                              Whats in store for the
    of understanding that was recently signed,
    the last few weeks coming up to the New                                                                           NEW YEAR?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     April 14, 2009           Tripartite Session
    Year were eventful in our office.                                                                                 In 2010 the treaty office will be making                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      May 2009                 Treaty Mail-Out #2
                                                                                                                      major headway in finally being able to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Chapters 23 – 20 and monthly newsletters mailed out to members.
                                                                                                                      provide more details to our community on                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      May 1 – May 3            Terrace Chamber of Commerce Tradeshow Kitsumkalum band and treaty offices took part in it’s first
                                                                                                                      treaty. We have developed the fundamen-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chamber of Commerce Tradeshow.
                                                                                                                      tal staples of our agreement in principle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     May 13 – 14, 2009        Maintable Session     Terrace
                                                                                                                      and our next step is to start getting into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    May 13 – 14, 2009        Tripartite Session    Terrace
                                                                                                                      more specifics with negotiators and this
                                                                                                                      will allow us to start providing more details                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 May 15 & May 16, 2009    Best Western Inn Community Meeting A two day event where speakers discussed AIP chapters and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             John Munroe discussed treaty land chapter
                                                                                                                      to our members. It is a huge job ahead of
                                                                                                                      us and I am looking forward to tackling this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    June 10 – 11. 2009       Maintable Session       Vancouver
                                                                                                                      milestone and making significant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (right) Jeremy Higham, BC Hydro Aboriginal                                     June 11 – 12, 2009
    Alex makes opening remarks as Hereditary Chief                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Relations Coordinator & Gary Alexcee,
    alongside elders and Chief Don Roberts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Resource Manager for Kitsumkalum (left)                                        July 8, 2009             Tripartite Session      Vancouver
                                                                                                                      We look forward to your participation and
                                                                                                                      involvement in the New Year!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  August 11 – 12, 2009     Tripartite Session      Vancouver
    Gary Alexcee the Kitsumkalum Resource
    Manager and several staff at the band
                                                                                                                      Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    September 2009           Treaty Mail- Out #3
    office worked with BC Hydro and BC
                                                                                                                      Alex Bolton                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chapter 19 (Taxation) and monthly newsletters mailed out to members.
    Transmission Corporation to successfully
    sign a memorandum of understanding.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sept. 8 – 11, 2009       Vancouver Maintable Session Vancouver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sept. 28 -30, 2009       Tripartite Session Terrace
    We were pleased to have BC Hydro and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            September 29, 2009       6PM Community Meeting & Supper Kitsumkalum Hall An evening where the provincial and federal
    BC Transmission Corporation host a                                                                                                             Watch your mailbox for Treaty Booklets!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   government and their respective negotiators were invited to discuss treaty with Kitsumkalum
    community dinner and an Open House                                                                                                                     Book 5 Coming Soon!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               members. Presentation was also made by John Munroe (Lands Advisor).
    where guest speakers highlighted poten-                                                                                   Treaty Booklets 1 through 4 have already been mailed out and book 5
    tial employment and education opportuni-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        October 13 – 16, 2009    Tripartite Session
                                                                                                                              through to 8 is scheduled to be mailed out starting in February. These
    ties, economic development and also                                                                                       booklets are a series that outlines details for specific chapters in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oct. 27 – 30, 2009       Maintable Session       Vancouver
    showed us detailed maps in which the                                                                                      Agreement in Principle. If you did not receive your copy of any of the
    proposed transmission                                                                                                     books already mailed out, please contact Nina at the Treaty Office at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 November 2009            Treaty Mail Out #4
           Photo Contributor:                                                                                                 250-635-1718 or email:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chapter 18 &17 and monthly newsletters mailed out to members.
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      Copy Editor: Nina Peden                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       December 15, 2009        Open House 10AM-3PM Dinner 6PM-9PM BC Hydro Open House & Community Dinner BC Hydro,
      Photo & Editorial Contributor: Allan Bolton                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BC Transmission Corporation held and open house and community dinner commemorating the

      Contributor: Lynn Bolton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo Credit Birgitte

      Photo Contributor: Birgitte Bartlett
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A Day of                                                                                                                                      The Northwest                                                                                         The NTL requires an Environmental

Learning and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Assessment Certificate before construc-

                                                                                                                                              Transmission Line                                                                                     tion can start.

Celebration                                                                                                                                   Electricity transmission in northwest BC
                                                                                                                                              extends only as far north as Meziadin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Once the Application has been submitted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and accepted by the BCEAO, a review
The Northwest Transmission Line project                                                                                                                                                                                                             period of up to 180 days will begin, includ-
(NTL) was on the agenda 150 Band mem-                                                                                                         Junction. This would change with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing a public comment period.
bers and guests came together at an open                                                                                                      planned 287 kilovolt (kV) Northwest Trans-
house at the Kitsumkalum Community Hall                                                                                                       mission Line (NTL).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Assuming a Certificate is awarded and
on December 15, 2009.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the    necessary     permits      obtained,
                                                                                                                                              The NTL would span the 335 km from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    construction could start in 2010.
Hosted by Kitsumkalum First Nation, the                                                                                                       Skeena Substation (near Terrace) to the
gathering focused on presentations and        Commemorative gifts were then exchanged, including the presentation of a special plaque to      Bob Quinn Lake area (see map) at an
                                              Kitsumkalum. It reads: Commemorating a New Foundation for Our Relationship BC Hydro             estimated cost of $400 million. The BC
discussions about the BC Transmission
Corporation (BCTC) project. Participants      and BC Transmission Corporation Working Together for Kitsumkalum and British Columbia           Transmission Corporation (see sidebar) is                                                             Working Together
included BCTC, BC Hydro, and the B.C.                                                                                                         responsible for planning, developing, and
                                              to mark the very positive relationship that    to the traditional land and how it will affect   (once all approvals are in place) building        possible and proper consultation with First         Looking ahead, BCTC and BC Hydro will
Environmental    Assessment       Office      Kitsumkalum, BCTC, and BC Hydro have           future economic development for Kitsum-          the NTL.                                          Nations, local governments, stakeholders and        continue working closely with Kitsum-
(BCEAO).                                      worked hard to achieve. We are very            kalum.                                                                                             the public. It will provide a thorough review and   kalum, sharing project information and
                                              optimistic about moving forward in our                                                          The NTL is about more than electricity – it       evaluation of potential environmental, archaeo-     looking for training, business or employ-
“It was a great event. We heard a lot about   NTL discussions and negotiations.”              I was pleased to see that BC Transmission       will be a driver of economic development          logical, cultural and socio-economic impacts.       ment opportunities the project might
the interests and concerns of community                                                      Corporation and BC Hydro demonstrated a          through mining opportunities and new                                                                  make available for Kitsumkalum mem-
members, and we thank everyone who            “We wanted to give BC Transmission             true understanding of this. I look forward to    clean power generating projects. More             The BCEAO also set up a working group to            bers.
came and shared their comments,” said         Corporation, BC Hydro, and the B.C.            seeing the next phase which will require an      clean power means lower green-house               help provide input into the environmental
Tim Jennings of BCTC, the NTL Project         Environmental Assessment Office the            impacts and benefits assessment to be            gas emissions, benefiting our entire              assessment process. Representing Kitsum-            BCTC and BC Hydro will be working with
Manager. “Chief Don Roberts, Gary             chance to inform and consult with our          undertaken and further consultation with         province.                                         kalum First Nation on the working group are         Kitsumkalum to identify potential negative
Alexcee, and others have worked hard          community around the project and roles         our people,” notes Kitsumkalum Treaty                                                              Chief Don Roberts, Resource Manager Gary            impacts and determine ways to avoid or
with BCTC over the past few years to          they play in it during the Open House. The     Coordinator and Negotiator Alex Bolton.                                                            Alexcee, and Treaty Coordinator and Nego-           mitigate them, and also to negotiate a
make sure that we understand the              purpose of the community dinner was to                                                          Much of the NTL route crosses                     tiator Alex Bolton Alex Bolton.                     Benefits Agreement.
interests and concerns of the Kitsumkalum     identify a clear understanding of what we      A draw for Canucks hockey tickets, includ-
people in the NTL. We will continue to                                                                                                        provincially-owned Crown land and the
                                              have accomplished so far, what we have         ing airfare and hotel, provided by BCTC,                                                           Consultation has been ongoing, and
move forward in this spirit.                                                                                                                  traditional territories of seven First Nations.                                                       For more information on the
                                              agreed to move forward with and what we        was won by Kevin Brown. BCTC and BC              The southern most 80 km crosses Kitsum-           comments received from Kitsumkalum and
                                              will be elaborating on. The dinner             Hydro also presented cheques totalling                                                                                                                 NTL project, visit
                                                                                                                                              kalum traditional territory. Other traditional    others have helped to shape the NTL Applica-
“The B.C. Environmental Assessment            celebrated our renewed relationship with       $10,000 to the Adult Learning Centre and                                                           tion for an Environmental Assessment Certifi-       and select the Northwest Trans-
Office is committed to building a new                                                                                                         territories impacted are: Kitselas, Tahltan,
                                              BC Transmission and for our community          the Recreation Committee.                        Gitxsan, Gitanyow, Lax Kwa’laams and              cate. BCTC is now finalizing the Application, for   mission Line Project from the
relationship with First Nations, founded on   to see how we have gotten here and the                                                          Metlakatla. The Nass Valley route option          submission to the BCEAO.                            drop down menu under the Proj-
reconciliation, mutual respect, and trust,”   dedication everyone has shown to               The evening concluded as it started – with
said BCEAO Project Director Kathy                                                                                                             crosses Nisga’a settlement lands.                                                                     ects button on the home page.
                                              develop a healthier relationship. Both         a performance by the Xbishuundts Danc-                                                             For more information on the Environmental
Eichenberger. “Events like the open house     events were a great success and I was          ers. The Blanket Dance, a dance that is                                                                                                                Or contact Jeannie Kanakos at
                                                                                                                                              BCTC takes its duty to consult with poten-        Assessment process, visit the BCEAO
really help because they identify different   pleased with the outcomes,” says Chief         performed to showcase a story. Donors                                                              website: Click on the            (604) 296-4243.
ways to ensure First Nations are fully                                                                                                        tially impacted First Nations such as
                                              Councillor Don Roberts.                        tossed bills and coins (today’s equivalent       Kitsumkalum seriously, and consultation is        Project Information Centre button on the
engaged throughout the Environmental                                                         of eagle feathers) onto a blanket to honour      being undertaken by BC Hydro’s Aboriginal         homepage to find the NTL section.
Assessment process.”                          “The main priorities of this project are the   the dancers and cover travel and supplies        Relations and Negotiations staff, on behalf
                                              benefits for the people of our community,      costs. Half of the proceeds were donated
A community dinner attended by close to                                                                                                       of BCTC
                                              our archaeology, the impacts                   to Kitsumkalum’s recreation youth group.
250 Hereditary Chiefs, Elders, Band
Council representatives, and Band mem-                                                                                                        Ensuring an
bers rounded out the day, as a celebration
of a renewed relationship between BCTC,             Possible opportunities for Kitsumkalum companies                                          environmentally
BC Hydro and the Kitsumkalum.                      BCTC is committed to developing positive relationships with BC's Aboriginal                sound project                                              About BC Transmission Corporation
                                                   peoples. A key initiative is our Aboriginal Business Development program, which                                                                       BCTC is the Crown Corporation, responsible for planning, managing and
To open the dinner, the Xbishuundts Danc-                                                                                                                                                                operating our province’s publicly-owned electrical transmission system. This
                                                   includes an Aboriginal Business Directory. The Directory is a database of supplier         BCTC voluntarily applied to the BC
ers greeted guests with a traditional                                                                                                                                                                    system includes substations (like Skeena Substation located near Terrace),
                                                                                                                                              Environmental     Assessment      Office
Welcome Dance. Jeremy Higham, BC                   information used to match Aboriginal businesses with upcoming contracts or with
                                                                                                                                              (BCEAO) in May 2007 for an environmen-                     and high-voltage power lines (like the ones entering and leaving Skeena
Hydro Senior Aboriginal Relations Coordi-          other businesses looking for partnership opportunities.                                                                                               Substation).
                                                                                                                                              tal assessment under the B.C. Environ-
nator noted that, “We greatly appreciated
                                                                                                                                              mental Assessment Act. The project did
the kind hospitality of the Chief and Coun-                                                                                                                                                                It's BCTC's job to move electricity from where it is generated to
                                                   If you own a business and would like more information or to register in the Directory      not automatically trigger an assessment
cil, Hereditary Chiefs and all of the                                                                                                                                                                      communities where it is needed.
                                                                                                                                              under the Act.
community in showing us such a generous                visit the BCTC website: Select Aboriginal Relations from the
welcome, and we were honoured to                       drop-down menu under the Community Land and Safety navigation button at the                                                                            For more information, please visit:
                                                                                                                                              This independent review process will
participate in the exchange of gifts                   top of BCTC’s home page. Or call toll-free: 1-866-622-2284                             ensure the best project

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Big changes to                                                                                                                                                                                                        Letter to the Editor
map of B.C.
    VICTORIA – A series of B.C. government
    land management deals with aboriginal                                                                                                                                                              Dear Editor,
    people was announced just before Christ-                                                                                                                                                           I am still confused about the Kitsumkalum’s current stage in the treaty
    mas, and quickly lost in the snow flurries                                                                                                                                                         process. Since we are in stage 4 (Agreement in Principle) of the Treaty
    and shopping mall traffic jams.
                                                                                                                                                       Nina Ped                  Allan Bolton
                                                                                                                                                                                                       process when will the Agreement in Principle (AIP) be considered complete?

    One that got a bit of attention was                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sincerely,
    Premier Gordon Campbell’s announce-                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lynn, Terrace BC
    ment that official maps will now use the
    term Haida Gwaii for the archipelago
    known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.
    I’ve been among those advocating this
                                                                                                                                                       Dear Lynn,
    sensible, low-cost bit of diplomacy for at                                                                                                         The AIP is considered complete when the Kitsumkalum negotiator, the Chief Negotiator for Canada and the
    least a decade and it’s great to see it                                                                                                            Chief Negotiator for BC, all agree that the AIP will be approved. It could be as a motion to accept at a com-
    finally happen.                                                                                                                                    munity meeting or a vote by referendum by all Kitsumkalum members. Canada will approve the AIP when
                                                                                                                                                       it is agreed to the federal Cabinet. British Columbia will approve the AIP when it is agreed to by the Provin-
    This follows the recent adoption by the                                                                                                            cial Cabinet.
    U.S. (and soon by Canada) of the name
    Salish Sea for the inland waters now                                                                                                               If the Kitsumkalum people approve the AIP and Canada and BC Cabinets approve, it will be signed by the
                                                   Premier Gordon Campbell and Guujaaw, President of the Haida Nation, announce a 'reconciliation      Kitsumkalum negotiator and the Tsimshian Chief Negotiator and Cabinet Ministers of Canada and British
    known as the Strait of Georgia, Strait of      protocol' they say ends a century of conflict, Vancouver, Dec. 11. - B.C. government photo
    Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound.                                                                                                                      Columbia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hope that clarifies your question,
                                                   The Haida land-use agreement is one of           the 150-year tangle of aboriginal title in
    The explorer known as Juan de Fuca was                                                                                                                                                                                      Treaty Times Editorial Team
                                                   a string of similar deals finalized in           B.C. The unlocking of huge gas
    actually a Greek pilot serving on a 16th-
                                                   December, with the Gitga’at and five             resources in northeastern B.C. shale, the
    century Spanish ship who made a ques-
                                                   other nations on the north-central coast,        continuing expansion of Alberta oil sands
    tionable claim to have been the first Euro-
                                                   and with the Kwakiutl and five more              extraction, and the rise of China as a                                                           HAVE QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK FOR US?
    pean to sail the strait. Even his true name
                                                   nations on the south-central coast,              global power have made one thing clear:                                                          Write us at We are committed to responding to all your calls,
    is uncertain, but his Spanish nickname is
                                                   extending from Parksville to Port Hardy          pipelines must be built across northern                                                          letters, emails promptly and thoroughly, and once a month we will select one letter to be
    still immortalized with a provincial park on
                                                   and the adjacent mainland. (Ottawa               B.C.’s disputed territories if Canada is                                                         featured in the Treaty Times.
    Vancouver Island.
                                                   chipped in for a new ferry terminal at           going to compete in the world economy.
    Britain’s Queen Charlotte, wife of King
                                                                                                                                                    Calendar of Events
                                                                                                    I asked Campbell about all this in a year-
    George III, never visited Canada, much
                                                   Together those deals cover most of the           end interview. He shrugged off the rejec-
    less Haida Gwaii. The strait at the north
                                                                                                                                                    January 2010
                                                   B.C. coast, and that’s not all. B.C.’s last      tion by chiefs of their leadership’s
    end of Vancouver Island is still named for
                                                   major announcement of 2009 concerned             proposal to grant a form of aboriginal title
    her; thus she avoids the dustbin of
                                                   a series of land-management agree-               across B.C. He insisted that closing the
    colonial history.
                                                   ments with three of B.C.’s Treaty 8              social and economic gaps between
                                                   groups: the Doig River, Prophet River and        aboriginal and non-aboriginal people            January 12        Kitsumkalum Community Meeting on               February 4-7            Northern BC winter games in Prince
    Acceptance of the ancient Haida name                                                                                                            Treaty: Everyone welcome! Treaty meeting will be held
                                                   West Moberly First Nations.                      remains high on his government’s                                                                                 Rupert
    ends decades of sovereignty and                                                                                                                 at the Kitsumkalum hall at 6PM. Enter to win a getaway
    resource disputes over one of the world’s
    special places. It is the capstone of a
                                                   Treaty 8 was the last of Canada’s historic                                                       to Vancouver! Call Nina at 250-635-1718 for more                 February 12th-20th                    51st Annual All Native
                                                   treaties, covering a vast swath of the           Campbell cautioned me not to draw               details.                                                         Basket Ball Tourney
    complex land-use agreement born out of
                                                   Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan,             conclusions about a lack of progress until
    protests and legal challenges, which
    began     with    a    unique,    federal
                                                   Alberta and northeastern B.C. It was             2009 was actually over. At that time, this      February 1st Olympic torch relay celebration at                  February 27th -28th                   Hobiyee (Nisgaa New
                                                   signed in 1899, and as such it didn’t            flurry of agreements that reshape               Kitsumkalum at 2:30|Everyone welcome to attend the               Year) Prince Rupert
    co-management agreement for Gwaii
                                                   contemplate the rich oil and gas                 resource decision-making for about half         Elder’s Fire Keeper Program at the Kitsumkalum park-
    Haanas National Park in 1993.
                                                   resources that would come to define the          of B.C. was about to be announced.              ing lot at 2:30. Bring your drums to the Kalum bridge to
                                                   regional economy.                                                                                welcome Kitsumkalum’s torch bearer who will be bring-
    Now it’s Victoria taking the lead in a
                                                                                                                                                    ing the torch to Kitsumkalum. Join us for dinner after the
    sweeping project to define aboriginal title                                                     Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and
                                                   Energy development has emerged as the                                                            ceremony for a celebration dinner starting at 5PM .
    over the vast area of B.C. where treaties                                                       columnist for Black Press and
                                                   urgent reason to unravel                                                                         Tickets available at the Band office for $5.00
    were never completed.                                                                 

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