Yale First Nation says it’s ditching a treaty it negotiated and agreed to back in 2010.
The First Nation says the it will “not be implementing the Yale Final Agreement,” which it says was negotiated by past leadership.
“The Yale Final Agreement has critical flaws that cannot be resolved within the current BC Treaty Process. We want to look ahead to how we can meet the real, pressing needs of our people, in a relationship of mutual cooperation and respect.”
Yale Chief and council won’t do any interviews.
But Ministry of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation John Rustad was asked if Yale can even back out of a legally binding treaty.
“It went past legislation both provincially and federally and so there is legislation in place and a date for implementation which we will obviously miss. So I’m not sure exactly what the mechanism is but we will work with our partners to try and resolve this.”
The First Nation says the accord has “critical flaws” and cannot be resolved “within the current BC Treaty Process.”
Full text of the Yale First Nation final agreement signed in 2010
– With files from Shelby Thom