February 6, 1998
Minister Jane Stewart
Minister John Cashore
Chief Joe Mathias
Dear Minister Stewart, Minister Cashore, and Chief Mathias:
Re: Delgamuukw Implementation
The Aboriginal Rights Coalition (Victoria) and many other other British Columbians are increasingly being subjected by industry-sponsored media campaigns which, in a simplistic and misleading way, argue that Delgamuukw's will destroy British Columbia's economy. ARC (Victoria), having had the experience of dealing directly with these interest groups, fears that they may strengthen and imperil the prospects of just settlement of land claims. Our experience suggests the need for two initiatives:
Our membership is committed to assisting in both of these initiatives.
Finally, ARC (Victoria) at this point does not have specific recommendations on how to implement Delgamuukw. Like many others, we are carefully reviewing the decision. We have also formed a 'Delgamuukw Implementation Task Force' which will, in consultation with ARC members, aboriginal representatives, and experts in aboriginal law, develop an advocacy action plan. We hope to meet with you in March or April to convey our perspectives on how Delgamuukw should be implemented.
cc. Alec Robertson, BC Treaty Commission