Kunst’aa guu- Kunst’aayah Reconciliation Protocol open house upcoming

  • Sep. 9, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Submitted article–The Haida Nation and the provincial members of the Reconciliation Table cordially invite all Island residents to attend a Reconciliation Protocol Open House to be held at the Tluu Xaada Naay Longhouse, (Christian White Longhouse) 107 Raven Avenue, Old Massett on September 19, between 4 and 8 pm. Representatives of the Haida Nation and province, as well as members of the Haida Gwaii Management Council and the Solutions Table will attend to provide information and answer your questions. The Solutions Table, composed of representatives from the Haida Nation (Colin Richardson, Tyler Bellis) and BC (Ricardo Toledo, Jevan Hanchard), is responsible for technical and operational matters pertaining to the application of decisions made by the Haida Gwaii Management Council and for the review of applications to ensure the best technical information is used by decision-makers for each Party. BackgroundOn December the 11, 2009, the Kunst’aa Guu-Kunst’aayah Reconciliation Protocol was signed between the Council of the Haida Nation (Haida Nation) and the Province of British Columbia (BC). The Haida Nation and British Columbia’s chief negotiators, using the established Reconciliation Table’s process, facilitate upper level government-to-government discussions and refine the shared and joint decision making processes. These decisions had been previously unilateral decisions of the provincial Crown.The Haida Nation, Canada and the BC Chief Negotiators negotiate and integrate refinements and relevant material into the comprehensive tripartite Reconciliation Agreement.The Protocol includes a joint commitment to seek a more productive relationship with each other, and design a more respectful approach to co-existence by way of land and resource use management on Haida Gwaii through joint and shared decision-making and ultimately a Reconciliation Agreement. The Haida Gwaii Management Council is the joint decision-making body.Under this Protocol, the Haida Nation and BC operate under their own respective authorities and jurisdictions. Initially, the Haida Gwaii Management Council (HGMC) is responsible for the following joint decisions;. Implementation and amendment of the Haida Gwaii Strategic Land Use Agreement;. Establishment, implementation and amendment of Land Use Objectives for forest practices;. Determination and approval of the Allowable Annual Cut for Haida Gwaii;. Approval of Management Plans for protected areas;. Developing policies and standards for the identification and conservation of heritage sites; and. Other strategic level management matters that the Haida Nation and BC delegates to the Haida Gwaii Management Council.The HGMC consists of two representatives of the Haida Nation (Trevor Russ, Allan Davidson) and two members from BC (Lindsay Jones, Darryl Robb), whose goal is to arrive at consensus in their decisions on the work identified above. If consensus is not achieved, a vote will be taken. If the vote is tied, a neutral chairperson (Derek Thompson), who has been selected by the Haida Nation and BC, will break the tie.

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