Kitselas currently has an Agreement-in-Principle (AIP) in place. The Kitselas people voted to ratify the AIP, and the Kitselas Govenrment signed it in August 2015. Ratification of the AIP gave the Kitselas Treaty team the go ahead to continue to negotiate towards a Final Agreement (treaty).
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.
This overview briefly summarizes all chapters in the Kitselas AIP.
Understanding the Agreement-in-Principle
This booklet explains the purpose behind each chapter in the Kitselas AIP.
The booklets below detail each chapter of the Kitselas AIP.
Ch. 1 & 2 – Overview, & General Provisions
Ch. 3 & 4 – Land, & Land Title
Ch. 5 & 6 – Subsurface Resources, & Water
Ch. 7 & 8 – Forest Resources, & Access
Ch. 9 & 10 – Roads, & Fisheries
Ch. 11 & 12 – Wildlife, & Migratory Birds
Ch. 13 & 14 – Environmental Assessment & Protection, & Role/Rights of Kitselas
Ch. 15 & 16 – Self-Government, & Indian Status Transition
Ch. 17 & 18 – Capital Transfer & Loan Repayment, & Fiscal Relations
Ch. 19 – Taxation (not available)
Ch. 20 & 21 – Culture & Heritage, & Dispute Resolution
Ch. 22 & 23 – Eligibility & Enrollment, & Implementation (not available)
Ch. 24 & 25 – Approval of the AIP & Ratification
Final Treaty (Agreement)
The Kitselas Final Agreement is to be based on an Agreement-in-Principle. 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.