As the Premier hails a new direction for treaty negotiations and indicates First Nations are onboard, it doed not look like that is the case.
Harsh words from the BC Treaty Commission on the eleventh hour vetoing of George Abbott as new Chief Commissioner.
Sophie Pierre, who Abbott would have replaced, calls the move like going backward to a dark age.
Pierre says it is a “fundamental disconnect” that undermines treaty negotiations and positive change does not come from blocking the Chief Commissioner appointment.
She says the Premier must committ herself to treaty negotiations.
Pierre cautions against a “gold rush mentality” that brushes aside legal and constitutional obligations.
The Premier apologized for messy communications in the Abbott situation but insists new avenues must be explored to get to treaties with First Nations.