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First Nations due for more money in latest budget

First Nations in British Columbia are due for an extra $100 million over the next three years under the province's new budget.

The money will go to the First Nations New Relationships Fund to help First Nations in their treaty negotiations. Some of the money will be used to train Native experts in forestry, mining, and land use planning. Ed John. the Grand Chief of the First Nations Summit, praised the funding but said the province has a long way to go in its dealings with Native people.

B.C. never negotiated treaties with First Nations, leaving land, water, mineral and other issues unresolved. Only one treaty has been concluded with a First Nation but that occurred outside of the established negotiating process.

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