Sandspit invites CHN to discuss protocol agreement

  • Jul. 18, 2007 6:00 p.m.

Sandspit, the only community on the islands which has not signed a protocol agreement with the Council of the Haida Nation, has written its own version of a protocol agreement and will be sending it to the CHN, along with an invitation to sit down and discuss it with community representatives. Sandspit’s local government body, the Moresby Island Management Committee, voted July 11 to send the document and the invitation to the Haida Nation, following a closed-door meeting July 4 during which the issue was discussed in depth. Management committee chair Gail Henry said Sandspit’s document is based partly on the protocols signed between the CHN and other island communities, and partly on an agreement between Prince George and a neighbouring First Nations community on communication and working together. Sandspit did not sign the protocol at the same time as the other communities (Masset and Port signed it in 2004, Area D and Queen Charlotte in 2006) partly because some residents were concerned about the references to aboriginal title, Ms Henry said. They thought it was the provincial government’s responsibility to recognize aboriginal title and that this recognition was not something Sandspit has the authority to do. “We’ve been trying to work on a way to work with the Haida,” Ms Henry said. “We have always been willing to sign an agreement about working together, it’s crazy not to work together.” Sandspit’s regional district director, Travis Glasman, attends the protocol agreement meetings and sits with the other community leaders, although he doesn’t vote.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Tsunami warning causes evacuations, closures throughout North Coast

Emergency BC issued the warning after a 7.9 earthquake off Alaska early Tuesday morning

‘The tsunami alarm failed my household’: North Coast residents concerned over sirens, alerts

People living in northern communities share how they learned about Tuesday’s tsunami warning

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

Painting her way home

Janine Gibbons talks about all she learned illustrating Haida and Tlingit story books

Haida Gwaii gets top spot in The World

It was already a nice Christmas present, but Keith Moore was really… Continue reading

Tsunami warnings 101: Canada

Here are some things to know about tsunami alerts in Canada and how they work

Castlegar homicide victim identified

The victim was 38-year-old Jordan Workman of Castlegar, B.C.

B.C. Liberal leadership candidates get one last prime-time pitch

Leadership campaign to be decided in Feb. 3 vote

Andrew Scheer on trade, Trump and Trudeau

Canada’s Conservative leader begins three-day visit to B.C.

Victims restrained, sex toys and cash stolen from B.C. adult store

Armed suspects sought in adult store robbery

Vancouver Islanders ponder need for tsunami siren song

Alarm sounds in Port Alberni but not at the DND base in Esquimalt

Babcock, Goyette and Smyth honoured at Order of Hockey in Canada

Mike Babcock, from Saskatoon, guided the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008

Bell Canada alert prompts RCMP, privacy watchdog to probe data breach

Company spokesman: ‘Fewer than 100,000 customers were affected’

Snowboarder dies at Vancouver Island ski resort

Death at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Most Read