There is one small parcel on Denman Island called Gravelly Bay located at the ferry terminal from Denman to Hornby Island. This is the only TSL parcel on Denman Island due to a lack of Crown Lands for negotiations. However, if the lands become available and are acquired by K’ómoks they can be added to TSL by agreement of the three parties to the Treaty.
Are there conflicting claims to treaty lands, specifically in shared territories with Campbell River Bands who are going thru treaty?Melissa Quocksister2021-08-26T17:47:49+00:00
Yes. K’ómoks shares our territory with 17 other nations from all directions. K’ómoks has the opportunity to negotiate shared-area agreements with nations who would like to participate, however it is not mandatory. K’ómoks currently has shared-area agreements with 3 other First Nations. K’ómoks will continue to share these areas with our neighbouring nations after Treaty and will consult with them when necessary. Shared areas also create opportunity for neighbouring nations to work together into the future.
Will K’ómoks members receive an opportunity to purchase treaty land within the treaty proposal first?Melissa Quocksister2021-08-26T17:49:56+00:00
This should be discussed among the nation to decide before the Effective Date.
Would the possible residential areas be for K’ómoks members only or would they go to non-members who want to build?Melissa Quocksister2021-08-26T17:48:22+00:00
This is a decision that will be agreed on by the K’ómoks people through a zoning exercise. K’ómoks may choose to keep certain lands (such as IR#1) as “K’ómoks Homelands” in which only K’ómoks Members would be able to own land. Other lands will be for K’ómoks economic development and will have homes and lots for non-members to purchase.
The lands will come to K’ómoks in two phases; the majority of the lands will be transferred to K’ómoks on the Effective Date (the day we become self-governing under the Treaty). A small portion of lands will be transferred at a later date, as negotiated.
Eton Road is a parcel of land located in the Town of Comox off of Pritchard Road, near Highland Secondary School. This parcel has been offered to K’ómoks as an Incremental Treaty Agreement (ITA) piece to give K’ómoks the opportunity to develop before Treaty. As part of the ITA the parcel will stay under the jurisdiction of the Town of Comox and K’ómoks will own it privately. This parcel will not become Treaty Settlement Lands (TSL). The Eton Road parcel backs onto the North East Woods (behind Highland School), which have been negotiated to be included as TSL.
In discussions with other First Nations, we had been hearing about Core Treaties and thought it would be worth exploring what a Core Treaty might look like. Yes, we were close to finalizing a treaty and have made significant progress on some issues including: Loan forgiveness Negotiations on the costs of government activities Transfer of the Goose Spit Removal of Extinguishment Preservation of the Duty to Consult Recognition of Rights Periodic Renewal However, there are still many unresolved issues. For example, we still do not have the final land and cash offer from BC and Canada, nor do we have anything [...]
No, we do not. In the past, KFN has been trying to get a tri-partite agreement and KFN has been working with the Department of Justice to get them to pass that direction to the RCMP. Part of our Treaty Related Measure work is to attempt to reach agreement with the RCMP on enforcement.
What does the police report look like that is provided to K’ómoks and what kind of information is shared?Melissa Quocksister2021-02-22T21:01:09+00:00
There are no names addressees or numbers – Police are governed by personal privacy laws that govern what we can and cannot put in the reports. The information includes, the area of crime, successful processions, provincial stats: speeding tickets.
K’ómoks is in a good position as we have learned under the Land Code and are now learning from other First Nations who are under Treaty. We know what the problems are, and what the shortcomings are under the Land Code and what other First Nations are experiencing under Treaty. We are now taking the lead on this to negotiate better arrangements around enforcement for future Treaty Nations. The intention is trying to have something that can make the transition to Treaty more workable. All the work we are doing right now, will help the transition to self government.