From today's agreement the three parties note that it is based on recognition of the Haida Nation’s inherent Title and Rights with respect to the Haida Gwaii terrestrial area, including the inherent right to self-government.
Discussions will be founded on the understanding that Haida inherent Title exists, rather than having to be proven. The agreement also commits to negotiations in good faith to reconcile interests, including laws and management of resources, in the marine area of Haida Gwaii.
Today's announcement will not have an impact on the relationship between negotiations and the legal title case filed by the Haida Nation is described in the agreement. The parties have agreed that negotiations and litigation can continue concurrently. However, the parties will not go to trial while negotiations proceed in good faith.
“GayG̱ahlda represents an important opportunity to begin the process of Tll Yahda ‘making things right’ between the Crown governments and the Haida Nation.
By shifting away from the denial politics of the past and moving to a place of truth through acknowledgment of inherent Haida Title, a strong foundation for negotiations is established.
Together we have set the k’yuu ‘pathway’ to realize peaceful co-existence between the people of Haida Gwaii and between governments without compromise to the objectives of the Haida Nation.” --Gaagwiis Jason Alsop, President of the Haida Nation“This unique and groundbreaking GayG̱ahlda agreement addresses matters of First Nations Title and Rights through negotiating as equal partners.
More on today's announcement can be reviewed here.
The full document that makes for the Changing Tide agreement can be examined here
It's the second significant Agreement in the Northwest signed by First Nations and the two levels of government this week, yesterday we outlined the background to the argreement that has been reached with the Gitanayow.
More notes on the Federal scene can be reviewed here.
While provincial topics of note are relayed through our Legislature archive.