Treaty Troubles: Colonial Obstacles to Settling Claims in BC


Sto:lō members of the Cheam band fishing on the Fraser River. Photo: Carly Wignes.

Carly Wignes traces the roots of today's overlapping claims and stymied treaty negotiations to colonial control in British Columbia, examining alternative ways of viewing First Nations governance, kinship ties and land use allocation. She interviews First Nations people, anthropologists, treaty negotiators and other experts in an attempt to improve on standard media portrayals of the treaty process in British Columbia, providing a clearer and more complex picture of obstacles and what is at stake.

This project was funded by the Jeani Read-Michael Mercer Scholarship for Journalism at Langara College, endowed in honour of late Province columnist Jeani Read by her husband, the late screenwriter Michael Mercer. Wignes is a diploma recipient from Langara's journalism program.

In This Series


Corky Douglas, a Sto:lo member of the Cheam band

Treaty Troubles: Colonialism's Deep Currents

Dispute between the Yale and Stó:lō may be most contentious case of competing claims in BC. First in a series.

By Carly Wignes, 11 Dec 2012



Treaty Troubles: More than a Century in the Making

In BC, a lone white official who sensed the complexity of First Nations kinships and land use was tragically ignored. Second in a series.

By Carly Wignes, 12 Dec 2012


First Nations fishing near Yale

Treaty Troubles: The Yale Eye End of 17-Year 'Marathon'

Agreement holds promise of self-rule. But some see the start of an unworkable fishery. Third in a series.

By Carly Wignes, 13 Dec 2012


Brian Thom

Beyond Treaty Troubles: Examples of Successful Sharing

How some bands are drawing on old ways to resolve competing claims today. Last in a series.

By Carly Wignes, 14 Dec 2012

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