This study reviews the treaty process in British Columbia
since 1993, its assumptions, costs, and outcomes as evidenced
in signed treaties, final agreements, and agreements in
principle. It analyzes the current federal and British Columbia
government approaches to land claims and the initial hope:
signed treaties, finality, fairness, and a desirable liberal
approach to relationships between peoples.
There are positive aspects to the treaties that have been
signed and in the "pipeline"; they include fee simple property
ownership of reserve land and an end to
authority, but aboriginal and other Canadians risk seeing those
positive elements undercut with clauses that will create a
thicket of policy traps, bureaucratic interference, and
economic disincentives in their attempts to move forward into a
more prosperous twenty-first century for aboriginals.