Protecting Title and Rights
NNTC’s original mandate to protect and advance title and rights remains unchanged and is the principle reason for NNTC’s ongoing existence. While the principled and disciplined approach of NNTC has remained consistent over decades, the ways in which we work have evolved.Our work covers many aspects of Nlaka’pamux life including: culture, natural resources, economics, health and jurisdiction.
Nlaka’pamux jurisdiction refers to the inherent right of the Nlaka’pamux to govern ourselves including people, land and resources. Before Europeans arrived, the Nlaka’pamux had laws. The right of jurisdiction and the Nlaka’pamux legal system have never been extinguished and are protected by section 35 of the Constitution. Some refer to the right of jurisdiction as self-government.
NNTC has rejected the BC Treaty process and the provincial referral system in favour of engaging directly with governments and third parties. Consent based decision making informs the relationship between NNTC and others.
Specific claims refer to claims made by a band against the Crown regarding the administration of land and other band assets. Specific claims are NOT based on Nlaka’pamux title and rights. Over 200 Nlaka’pamux claims have been worked on to date.
The value of the NNTC is not only in the work done but in having the political foresight to plan ahead, to conceptualize both strategies and models while maintaining the determination and dedication to never give up.