Colonization created a world in which Nlaka'pamux title and rights had to be fought for and protected. Decolonization is the process whereby the Nlaka'pamux exercise our jurisdiction and engage with those who seek to co-exist within our homeland.
The NNTC has rejected the BC Treaty process as it does not allow for proper recognition of title and rights. The NNTC instead has favoured direct negotiations with governments and third parties. The NNTC does not participate in the provincial referral process as it is a process that kills title. When others propose development within our Nation, the NNTC Resource and Land Use Decision-Making Policy and Process applies.
Unprecedented agreements recognizing Nlaka'pamux jurisdiction have been entered into with the Crown, Telus, CN, Teck HVC, BC Hydro, and others. Engagement and consent based decision making are central to these agreements. In the interest of protecting title, proponents may expect predictability but not certainty. The NNTC is not opposed to development but it must be consistent with Nlaka'pamux title and rights.
The Political Accord entered into with the Province in 2017 reflects the critical importance of Nlaka'pamux jurisdiction and proper engagement for successful co-existence. NNTC protects the interests of the Nlaka'pamux that have been impacted by co-existence including resources, the environment, health, education, culture and language.