Not at the Table as Beggars: Rethinking the B.C. Treaty Process

12/03/2007 1:00 pm
12/03/2007 2:30 pm
Robert Morales

Chief Negotiator, Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group

December 3, 2007 from 1 to 2:30 pm
Room 158 Fraser (Law) Building


After more than a decade of negotiations, the B.C. Treaty Process has
yielded two final agreements in the last few months.  The celebration of
these two agreements comes amid deeper challenges to the treaty negotiation
process in the province, including growing frustration of those First
Nations involved in negotiating treaties and a recent court decision that
highlights flaws in the process.

Mr. Morales will speak on the state of the treaty process today, reflecting
on recent developments and arguing for a new approach to treaty-making in
British Columbia.  Mr. Morales argues that the present process too often
reduces First Nations to the role of 'beggars' at the negotiation table, and
must change to reflect a recognition of the fundamental rights of Aboriginal
peoples to land and to self-determination.


As Chief Negotiator of the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group, Robert Morales has an
intimate and detailed knowledge of the treaty negotiation process in British
Columbia.  Through his roles as Co-Chair of the Unity Protocol Group, a
coalition of First Nations dedicated to reforming the B.C. Treaty process,
and Chair of the First Nations Summit's Chief Negotiator's Forum, he also
has a broad perspective on the treaty process and its current limitations.