Kitselas has been working toward a Treaty since 1993.
The main goal of the Kitselas Treaty is to get Kitselas out from under the Indian Act and make the nation self-governing. Out of the six stages of the BC Treaty Commission’s Treaty negotiations process, Kitselas is in Stage Five – Negotiation to Finalize a Treaty.
The Kitselas Final Agreement or Treaty is to be based on the Agreement in Principle (AIP) that the Kitselas people voted to accept in 2013. Acceptance of the AIP allowed the Kitselas Treaty Team to move forward into negotiations towards a Treaty.
Once a Treaty has been negotiated between all parties, the Kitselas people must vote to accept it or not accept it. Over 50% of the full membership, including on and off-reserve members, must vote ‘Yes’ in favour of the agreement in order for the final Treaty to go through.