This article was published in Maclean magazine on July 27, 1998. Partner content is not updated. The agreement was signed on May 27, 1998 by Joseph Gosnell, Nelson Leeson and Edmond Wright of the Nisg̱a`a Nation and Premier Glen Clark for the Province of British Columbia. Jane Stewart, then Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, signed the agreement for the Canadian federal government on May 4, 1999. 240,000 Acre-Feet) was also created. Bear Glacier Provincial Park was also created as a result of this agreement. Thirty-one Nisga`a place names in the region have become official names.  The Focière Claims Agreement was the first formal modern comprehensive contract in the province –  the first signed by a First Nation in British Columbia since the Douglas Treaties of 1854 (which concerned territories on Vancouver Island) and Treaty 8 of 1899 (with respect to northeastern British Columbia). The agreement gives the Nisga`a control over their lands, including the forest and fisheries resources it contains. 10 (1) The Deputy Governor of the Council may, on behalf of Her Majesty, authorize the Queen under the law of British Columbia to enter into an agreement under the Nisg̱a`a Final Agreement. Faced with pressure from all sides, all three sides .C.
The Treaty Committee is meeting this week to review the negotiation process. The most likely formula would be for transfers of land and resources to be at the top of the agenda — giving groups a key interest in concluding previous agreements — while remaining on such sensitive legal issues as the definition of self-government. Optimistic, John Watson, regional director in British Columbia for the federal Indian Department, says an improved contracting process could work as early as the fall. . . .