No, under a K’ómoks Treaty, rights will not be extinguished. A K’ómoks Treaty will specifically recognize Aboriginal Title. And, under a K’ómoks Treaty, if new rights are recognized by the courts, those will get incorporated into a K’ómoks Treaty.
Yes. The Treaty creates an opportunity for economic development on KFN lands and through the forestry tenures. These opportunities will result in increased revenues to the K’ómoks Nation which will then allow for improved programs and services to all Members. All KFN status Indian Members remain eligible for all Indigenous programs and services from Indian Affairs which are not included in the KFN Treaty package. All status Indian Members will also be impacted by our negotiations on the continuation of the section 87 Indian Act tax exemption. All K’ómoks Members will also be entitled to benefit from any Members' benefit package [...]
I heard someone say that our Aboriginal Rights under core treaty will be protected in Canadian Constitution. Aren’t they already? And what are these rights – I feel everything is super regulated. What is an aboriginal food fish right?RTC_Admin2021-08-26T18:04:03+00:00
That is correct, Aboriginal rights are already protected under the Constitution. Section 35 states that the Aboriginal Rights and Treaty Rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada are recognized and affirmed. However, the rights are also subject to conservation, public health, and public safety. Rights are also not absolute. The Crown can also infringe aboriginal or treaty rights if such infringements are justifiable. The aboriginal right to fish for food is just that, it is a right to go out and fish for food. However, as the right is subject to conservation, public health and public safety, the right is highly [...]
The health benefits that ‘status Indians’ receive from British Columbia and Canada will continue post-effective date of the K’ómoks Treaty. Any additional funding provided by K’ómoks in the future for health and wellness will apply to individuals enrolled in the K’ómoks Treaty (status and non-status Indians).
We will continue to be eligible for all programs and services (including health social services and education) available to Aboriginal people and we will continue to be Status Indians. KFN has the opportunity to enhance health and education by developing programs for these important services.