The treaty process now under way in BC dates back to 1990. That's when First Nations leaders and the governments of Canada and British Columbia jointly established a task force to find ways to fairly resolve Aboriginal land claims.
In 1991, the BC Claims Task Force filed its report . Its 19 recommendations were subsequently accepted by all parties and formed the blueprint for a made-in-BC treaty process. In December 1993, the British Columbia Treaty Commission – an independent, neutral body that oversees the treaty process – opened its doors. First Nations were then invited to submit statements of intent to negotiate treaties.