The Kitselas Final Agreement is to be based on an Agreement-in-Principle, to which the Kitselas people voted to accept in 2015. Ratification of the AIP gave the Kitselas Treaty team the go ahead to continue to negotiate towards a final treaty.
Once a final agreement 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 to the agreement in order for the final treaty to go through.
The Agreement-in-Principle (AIP) determines what the Kitselas Treaty Final Agreement will look like but it is not legally binding. It is like a rough draft that is being tweaked and finalized.
The Kitselas people voted to ratify an AIP, and the Kitselas Govenrment signed this AIP in August 2015. This marked the completion of Stage 4 of the BC Treaty Process for Kitselas.
Booklet: Understanding the Agreement-in-Principle
This introductory booklet explains the purpose behind each chapter in the Agreement-in-Principle.
Document: Kitselas AIP Overview
This overview briefly summarizes all AIP chapters.
Below are a series of booklets detailing each chapter of the Kitselas AIP
Ch. 1 (Overview) Ch. 2 (General Provisions)
Ch. 3 (Land) Ch. 4 (Land Title)
Ch. 5 (Subsurface Resources) Ch. 6 (Water)
Ch. 7 (Forest Resources) Ch. 8 (Access)
Ch. 9 (Roads) Ch. 10 (Fisheries)
Ch. 11 (Wildlife) Ch. 12 (Migratory Birds)
Ch. 13 (Environmental Assessment & Protection) Ch. 14 (Role/Rights of Kitselas)
Ch. 15 (Self-Government) Ch. 16 (Indian Status Transition)
Ch. 17 (Capital Transfer & Loan Repayment) Ch. 18 (Fiscal Relations)
Ch. 19 (Taxation)
Ch. 20 (Culture & Heritage) Ch. 21 (Dispute Resolution)
Ch. 22 (Eligibility & Enrollment) Ch. 23 (Implementation)
Overview and Ch. 24 (Approval of the AIP) and Ch. 25 (Ratification)