Where Are We Now?

Chief Maureen Chapman of Sq’ewá:lwx / Skawahlook shakes hands with the Federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett after signing a Memorandum of Understanding, moving the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association into Stage 5 of the BC Treaty Process on October 12th, 2018.

“We are not signing a traditional agreement in principle, we are signing a Memorandum of Understanding that fast tracks us into the next stage of Treaty Negotiations.”

Chief Terry Horne of Yeqwyeqwí:ws

The Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association (SXTA) is currently in Stage 5 of the 6-stage BC Treaty Process. SXTA took a first of its kind approach to move into Stage 5 by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with British Columbia and Canada. The document was signed at a ceremony at Leq’á:mel on October 12, 2018.

The Final Agreement (Treaty) will be voted on by SXTA First Nation members, and once signed by the three parties, will come into effect.

If you would like additional information on the processes, please see the BC Treaty Commission.