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Last March, ARC BC made a presentation to the British Columbia Special Committee on the MAI. The conclusion: the MAI represents a significant erosion of national sovereignty, and would likely cripple any future attempts at treaty-making. Check out the entire brief here.

Last updated May 23, 1999: MAI Brief, Chiapas visit, Looking beyond... Japan, TNAC report, Upcoming Events (including the AGM)

ARC Member Visits Chiapas

A View from the Other Side...

On a recent trip to Chiapas to bear witness to the situation among the Mayan people there, ARC member Yuki Sato found herself being stopped by the military, interrogated for several hours, vilified in the local (state-controlled) media, and nearly deported from the country.

And I suppose that you thought all there was to being an ARC member was attending annual general meetings, passing resolutions, and signing petitions!

Salida Dificil ("No Easy Exit" - borrowing a title from poet Gary Geddes) is Yuki's first-hand account of her experiences in Mexico.

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.

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