Traditional chief opposes treaty with British Columbia

The traditional chief of the Lheidli T'enneh Band says he and his family will vote down a treaty with British Columbia.

Chief Peter Quaw led the band to the negotiating table 15 years ago. But he says the deal that was signed last month is "one of the worst treaties in Canadian history."

The deal was the first under the B.C. treaty process. It requires tribal members to give up their tax free status in exchange for full sovereignty, some cash and some land.

The treaty has to ratified by 70 percent of tribal members. Quaw said he and his family have enough votes to reject it.

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Historic B.C. treaty faces strong opposition (CBC 11/8)

Relevant Links:
Lheidli T'enneh Band -
B.C. Treaty Commission -

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