Who we are
The Tsimshian First Nations (TFN) Treaty Society is comprised of five Tsimshian First Nations in Northwest BC that are currently working to achieve treaty agreements with Canada and British Columbia under the BC Treaty Commission process.
The Society is legally registered as the Kitselas, Gitga'at, Kitsumkalum, Metlakatla, Kitasoo/Xaixais Treaty Society under the provincial registrar of societies as of 17 September 2004.
The purpose of the Society is to administer funds for treaty negotiations received on behalf of the Kitselas, Gitga'at, Kitsumkalum, Metlakatla, Kitasoo/Xaixais First Nations.
The TFN Treaty Society Negotiators along with Negotiators for Canada and British Columbia generally meet on a weekly basis. Between negotiation meetings, the Tsimshian First Nations review meetings results, continue back ground research and plan for the next round of discussions. For Negotiation updates click here.
We acknowledge the strength in the 5 Tsimshian First Nations working together
Respect for differences
Recognition and respect for each others territories
Cherishing our common language, history and traditions
Respect for our elders
Protecting our children and future generations
A commitment to resolve our differences through an agreed to dispute resolution process
Recognition and defense of our collective rights and the rights of individual First Nations
Enhancing and protecting our political, social, economic and territorial rights
Working towards self-government and greater self-determination in a manner that respects the will of the people through democratic principles and also respects the traditional systems of governance
Entrenching our rights to food, clothing, shelter, health and education
Enhancing and protecting our existing Aboriginal rights and the future rights of Tsimshian First Nations for future generations
Left to Right: Jim Doswell (former Chief Negotiator for Canada), Allan Bolton (Kitsumkalum), Hardev Saran (Assistant Negotiator - Canada), Gerald Wesley (Chief Negotiator - TFN Treaty Society), Roger Graham (Chief Negotiator - BC) , Alec Bolton (Chief Negotiator - Kitsumkalum), Morris Mason (Kitselas Elder - Photographer), Mark Stevenson (Legal Advisor), Mel Bevan (Chief Negotiator - Kitselas)