Stage 4 - Negotiation of an Agreement-in-Principle (AIP)
Negotiations at this stage will form the basis of the Treaty. The AIP also lays the groundwork for the implementation of the treaty Final Agreement negotiations. In 2013, Kitselas voted in favour of the AIP.
Stage 5 - Negotiation to Finalize a Treaty
The Treaty that is concluded at this stage will formalize the relationship between all parties, any legal or technical issues are resolved and any outstanding items are re-opened. At the completion of this stage, a final agreement will be signed that is legally binding.
Stage 6 - Implementation of a Treaty
If the Kitselas people vote ‘Yes’ for the Treaty, the plans to implement the treaty are put into effect or phased in as agreed during this stage.
Stage 1 - Statement of Intent
The First Nation files a Statement of Intent with the BC Treaty Commission to negotiate a Treaty. Kitselas first signed the Statement of Intent in 1990 as part of the Tsimshian Tribal Council.
Stage 2 - Preparations for Negotiations
An initial meeting is held to exchange information, discuss research, identify main issues of concern and determine the readiness of all parties to begin negotiations.
Stage 3 - Negotiation of Framework Agreement
This is the agreed-upon agenda that identifies the issues to be negotiated, the goals of the negotiation process and a timetable for negotiations.