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The Nisgaa Treaty A Template for the Future The Nisgaa people have a long history of negotiations with British Columbias Provincial Government Over the past couple of years the Canadian Media has picked up the Nisgaa story Their extensive coverage has both informed the public of the facts surrounding the Treaty and brought up many important issues surrounding those facts Although historically compromise was not reached between the Nisgaa and the governing powers recently the Treaty that finalized their negotiations was implemented The process has brought up issues that have the media and public searching for facts about the future of treaty negotiations For nearly 115 years the Nisgaa People negotiated and compromised with the Federal and Provincial governments in an attempt to forge a settlement for the dispute surrounding aboriginal title According to Tony Hall 19965 a teacher in the Department of Native American Studies at the University of Lethbridge no Indian group in BC has been more persistent than the Nisgaa of the Nass River Valley in defending and asserting their Aboriginal rights to their ancestral lands Though the fifty or so other First Nations Bands are in the beginnings of the treaty process only the Nisgaa have come to an agreement with the government The Nisgaa Treaty is the first modern day treaty in British Columbia Muckle 1998 In 1887 Nisgaa chiefs travelled to Victoria to demand recognition of title negotiation of treaties and provision for self-government but they were turned away Nisgaa Treaty 2000 Three years later the Nisgaa established their first Land Committee to begin the campaign for recognition of territorial rights It took until 1913 for the Nisgaa to send a petition to British Privy Council seeking to resolve the land question Nisgaa Treaty 2000 and in 1927 the Canadian Parliament held hearings on Aboriginal Title and passed legislation to prohibit First Nations organisations from discussing or spending money on land claims In 1951 the Parliament of Canada repealed
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