Over the past decade, the FVRD has been involved in the treaty negotiation process through its Fraser Valley Treaty Advisory Committee. Through this process, we recognized that FVRD and First Nations have distinct governing authorities and responsibilities towards their citizens, and that decisions made by both governing bodies ultimately affect all residents in the FVRD. It is, therefore, in the best interests of both parties to work together in the spirit of co-operation to build a common future. To reflect this shift in perspective, in July 2012 the focus (and name) of the Fraser Valley Treaty Advisory Committee was changed to the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Relations Committee.
The FVARC has two main objectives:
- ensure local government interests are identified and taken into account by the Province during negotiations; and
- build strong and respectful working relationships with aboriginal communities
The committee still participates in treaty negotiations at the In-SHUCK-ch Nation and Stó:lō Nation treaty tables. More information on the treaty process in general can be found on the BC Treaty Commission website. Information on the Stó:lō Nation and the In-SHUCK-ch Nation negotiations is located on our Treaty Negotiation page and committee agendas and minutes are posted here.
In working towards the second objective of building strong and respectful working relationships, the FVARC has recently supported several initiatives, which include:
- working collaboratively with First Nations to develop a First Nations Referral Policy that ensures consistent consultation and engagement occurs with First Nations;
- creating a First Nation Resource Guide that provides general information on the First Nations within FVRD boundaries.
If you have any questions about the FVARC, please contact FVARC assistant, Jaime Schween, by email or phone (604)702-5079.