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S'ólh Téméxw Stewardship Alliance - Canada Consultation and Engagement Protocol


The S'ólh Téméxw Stewardship Alliance
as comprised of:
Chawathil First Nation, Cheam First Nation, Kwaw-Kwaw-Apilt First Nation, Sq'éwlets (Scowlitz) First Nation, Sq'ewá:lwx (Skawahlook) First Nation, Skwah First Nation, Semá:th (Sumas) First Nation, and Yale First Nation each on their own behalf,
and Aitchelitz First Nation, Shxwhá:y Village, Skowkale First Nation, Soowahlie First Nation, Squiala First Nation, Tzeachten First Nation and Yakweakwioose First Nation, as represented by Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe Limited Partnership
(the "Stó:lō First Nations")


Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada

as represented by the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development ("Canada")

(each a "Party" and collectively the "Parties")


  1. The Stó:lō First Nations are part of the Stó:lō Indigenous people with Stó:lō Rights in S'ólh Téméxw, including a unique relationship with the land, the waters and the resources within the lower Fraser River watershed of British Columbia; they share language, traditions, customary laws, history, a relationship to the land that is essential to their culture and the maintenance of their community, and a desire to safeguard the health and wellbeing of their communities now and for future generations, in accordance with their system of values, through respectful land and resource use and management as prescribed in the S'ólh Téméxw Stewardship Alliance Land and Resource Use Consultation and Decision-making Policy;
  2. The Parties are interested in developing a process for effectively and comprehensively identifying and informing each other of potential impacts on Stó:lō Rights and S'ólh Téméxw that may arise as a result of contemplated federal Crown decisions and activities;
  3. The Parties are committed to moving forward together in the spirit of reconciliation. Canada is committed to building a government-to-government, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, co- operation and partnership as reflected in the Principles Respecting the Government of Canada's Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in a manner consistent with Canada's Constitution;
  4. The Parties wish to have a more effective government-to-government, nation-to- nation engagement process, to establish a framework to govern the conduct of their engagement when Canada contemplates Crown decisions or activities that would trigger a legal duty to consult the Stó:lō First Nations in respect of impacts on Stó:lō Rights and S'ólh Téméxw, and to facilitate meaningful dialogue and a respectful relationship between them.

Now therefore the Parties agree as follows:

1. Interpretation

2. Purpose

3. Scope and Application

4. Nation-to-Nation Forum

5. Engagement under Protocol

6. Other First Nations and Governments

7. Information Sharing and Confidentiality

8. Protocol Review

9. Linkage to Treaty or Other Crown-Indigenous Agreements

10. Dispute Resolution

11. Funding

12. Representations and Warranties

13. Effective Date and Termination

14. Notice and Delivery

15. General

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