The Nisga'a people are a First Nations People in British Columbia, Canada. The Nisga'a Final Agreement, which is referred to as a modern treaty, came into effect in May 2000.
The Nisga'a Agreement is given effect to by the Nisga’a Final Agreement Act (S.C. 2000, c. 7).
Key provisions include:
- a full and final agreement of Nisga’a Aboriginal rights;
- the parties to it are the Nisga’a Tribal Council, the British Columbian Provincial Government and the Canadian Government;
- operates within the Constitution of Canada and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
- establishes decision-making authority for the Nisga'a Lisims Government within a model that the Nisga'a have been accustomed to and have accepted for many years;
- the Nisga'a Government model is designed as a practical and workable arrangement that provides the Nisga'a with a significant measure of self-government that is consistent with the overall public interest and within Canada's constitutional framework;
- The Nisga'a Nation hold land in fee simple;
- Nisga'a Nation has the power to make laws for their people. A Constitution sets out the power of Nisga'a's governments.
The Nisga'a Lisims Government operates within the Constitution of Canada and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
For further information about the Nisga'a Agreement, click on the following links:
|Nisga'a Agreement Background Information (Government of Canada)|