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Last month, ARC BC sent a questionaire to all BC MLAs and all Federal MPs, asking them how they planned to vote on the Nisga'a treaty. Well the results - at least for provincial MLAs - are in, and you may be surprised... See the ARC press release and backgrounder for details.

Meanwhile, debates and public meetings to discuss and question the deal are spreading through local communities like wildfire. See the events page for details.

Last updated November 26, 1998: Survey results, Gustafsen Lake articles, Public meetings and more public meetings, MLA/MP survey form: Where do our representatives stand on the treaty?

Canadian Commandos at Gustafsen

A View from the Other Side...

What does the embassy hostage taking in Peru have in common with Gustafsen Lake? Both events apparently featured the involvement of a secret Canadian commando group known as JTF2. Moreover, a recent book details a plot by the Canadian government to offer the Tupac Amaru guerrillas safe passage, only to then lead them into an JTF2-led ambush.

Sound a bit too un-Canadian to be true? Strangely enough, the plan, which was never carried out, bears a striking resemblance to an actual ambush of the Gustafsen Lake protesters.

These reports, as well as the revelation that Michael Webster, the psy-ops expert behind the Waco massacre, was consulted by Canadian officials at Gustafsen, have further heated calls by protesters into an inquiry into Gustafsen Lake and Ipperwash.

For details, refer to the article by Settlers in Support of Indigenous Sovereignty (S.I.S.I.S.) and the call for an inquiry sent to Minister Stewart.

Most, if not all, main-stream media articles, whether or not they agree that the Nisga'a deal is good for British Columbia, all seem to agree on one thing: the deal is fantastic for the Nisga'a. They get money, they get land, they get some fish (whatever's left). Who can argue with that?

Left almost entirely out of the discussion is an analysis of the treaty from a First Nation's perspective. Is European society finally giving BC's First Nations the respect that they deserve? Or are modern-day treaties the final nail in the coffin to extinquish Indian culture forever?

This week's article is a press release from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, which is sharply critical of the Nisga'a treaty, and warns other First Nations away from following a similar course.

ARC Opposes Referendum Call


In response to the completion of the Nisga'a agreement, Opposition Leader Gordon Campbell leaked the deal to the press and demanded that it be renegotiated.

Claiming that the proposed treaty changes the Constitution of Canada, Campbell has called for the government to hold a referendum on the issue, and intends to take the government to court if they don't. If the Liberals do initiate a court case, ARC has announced that it will apply to the court for intervenor status.

MLA/MP Survey form and press release
ARC to Campbell: "We'll see you in court"
ARC's Principles Regarding the Treaty
10 Reasons Why a Referendum is a Bad Idea
Letter to Premier Clark
Letter to Gordon Campbell
Press Release
Letter to the editor, Times Colonist

Get more information on the treaty

What's Next?

Draft text of the final agreement
Nisga'a web site
BC Treaty Commission
BC Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
Government of Canada Ministry of Indian Affairs

The initialing of the treaty on August 4th was largely ceremonial: before the treaty becomes finalized, it must be ratified by the Nisga'a people (probably in October sometime), the BC legislature (probably in December at the earliest), and in Parliament.

Between then and now, there will undoubtedly be a wide-range of debate on the issue, and we'll try to sort it our for you. How is the media covering the story? What is the validity of some of the arguments being made?

What do you think? Is a treaty a good idea or a bad idea? Or is it an issue shrouded in mystery for you? Let us know what you think - we'll be posting your letters, as well as responses to your questions.

We welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions! You can contact us at

In Vancouver...

In Victoria...

ARC Vancouver
(604) 730-7143, Fax: (604) 736-9961
#205 - 2776 Pine Street
Vancouver, BC
V6J 3G2


ARC Victoria
(250) 386-8272
1611 Quadra St.
Victoria, BC
V8W 2L5

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