The Kitselas, among other Native groups, were self-governing long before European contact.
The Indian Act was passed in 1876 without the consultation or consent of the Native people; it was simply imposed. The long-standing political and economic systems that had sustained our people were outlawed and Native people became prisoners of the reserve system and an institution that continues to oppress them.
The Indian Act was developed to control almost every aspect of Native life and continues to dictate the way Native people are governed on-reserve.
Negotiating a treaty offers one path towards self-governance and getting Kitselas out from under the Indian Act.