Spring 1998 report
by Isabel Heaman
A meeting was held in Nanaimo on March 12, 1998. Lyle Viereck has replaced Christina Scattolin as the chief provincial negotiator. The report on negotiations at the three tables was as follows:
Temexw: Negotiations on the Agreement-in-Principle are proceeding.
Hulqu'minum: The framework agreement has been signed, preparatory to starting on the AIP. Land selection will be the first priority but no negotiations have started.
Nanaimo: Negotiations are proceeding vigorously, with issues of forestry and fisheries on the table. There are difficulties surrounding the Duke Point development. A memorandum of understanding has been signed to make available land now occupied by the military camp, with a three-year window to decide the issue. No claims have been made on the Nanoose Bay naval base. Public input is welcomed. No progress is reported on the rifle range.