Thursday, May 26, 2011

There's A "WestBank First Nation" With A Final Agreement

Here but it has nothing to do with Arabs, Israelis or the Land of Israel.

It's between Canada and Indians:-

Westbank First Nation Self-Government

Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada and Westbank First Nation

Preamble
This Agreement is made the _____ day of _______________, 2003,

BETWEEN:

WESTBANK FIRST NATION, as represented by the Chief and Council of Westbank First Nation, hereinafter referred to as "Westbank First Nation",

AND:

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN in right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, hereinafter referred to as "Canada".

WHEREAS:

the Parties entered into an Agreement-in-Principle on July 13, 1998 which contemplated a Final Agreement to be concluded substantially in the form of the Agreement-in-Principle;

WHEREAS:

the Government of Canada recognizes that the inherent right of self-government is an existing aboriginal right within section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982;

WHEREAS:

the Parties to this Agreement acknowledge that they may have different legal views as to the scope and content of an inherent right of self-government;

WHEREAS:

the Parties nevertheless intend by this Agreement to set out certain arrangements for a number of jurisdictions for implementation of the inherent right of self-government by Westbank First Nation on Westbank Lands without taking any definitive positions with respect to how an inherent right of self-government may ultimately be defined at law;

WHEREAS:

Westbank First Nation asserts that it has unextinguished aboriginal title, and jurisdictions based on aboriginal title and that its aboriginal title includes Westbank Lands;

WHEREAS:

Westbank First Nation states that it is part of the Okanagan Nation. This Agreement is without prejudice to other First Nations within the Okanagan Nation or to their systems or institutions of self-governance;

WHEREAS:

Westbank First Nation recognizes the need to provide good government for all persons residing on Westbank Lands;

WHEREAS:

Westbank First Nation will continue to consult and may enter into agreements with neighbouring local governments to maintain good relations and coordinate activities or in respect of other such matters as Westbank First Nation desires.

NOW THEREFORE THE PARTIES AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING AS THE AGREEMENT:...

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1 comment:

Thermblog said...

... and no building freezes were enacted during the negotiations.