AUGUST 4, 1998

NISGA’A TREATY WITH BRITISH COLUMBIA

On August 4, 1998, a land-claim stemming from 1887 was settled by treaty between the Nisga’a, the government of British Columbia, and the Government of Canada.  The treaty settled a successful law suit brought in 1969 by Nisga’a Tribal Council President Frank Calder [Calder v. British Columbia].  As part of the settlement in the Nass River valley, nearly 2,000 square kilometres of land was officially recognized as belonging to the Nisga’a, and a 300,000-cubic-decameter water reservation was also created.  The Bear Glacier Provincial Park was also created as a result of this agreement.  The settlement was the first formal treaty signed by a First Nation in British Columbia since the Douglas Treaties in 1854 (pertaining to most of British Columbia) and Treaty 8 (pertaining to northeastern British Columbia).  

Source:  
“Nisga’a Lisims Government.” Government of British Columbia.  Retrieved 6/10/2020, https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/consulting-with-first-nations/first-nations-negotiations/first-nations-a-z-listing/nisga-a-lisims-government
 “Understanding the Treaty,” Nisga’a Lisims Government.  Retrieved 6/10/2020, https://www.nisgaanation.ca/understanding-treaty
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