The AIP will prepare the necessary conditions for the negotiation of our final contract. It contains sections on our contract settlement areas, which are lands that Ditidaht owns and will govern, governance, harvesting, cultivation, environmental protection, federal parks, taxes, financing, forestry relations with the three levels of Canadian government (federal, provincial and local) and other topics. We will also negotiate implementation and associated funding. It does not contain details about our fishing rights, our water or provincial parks, all negotiated at the final agreement stage. In addition, we have negotiated framework agreements that give Ditidaht a much broader say in decisions made on land in front of STL, but within our traditional territory. At its current stage, the contract provides for nearly $20 in capital transfers to Pacheedaht and nearly $40 million to Ditidaht, which would be paid during the implementation of the agreement, as well as funds corresponding to economic development of $1.8 million and $3 million. Pacheedaht has about 280 members, while Ditidaht has 770. The Ditidaht Council is pleased to announce that on Friday 28 June 2019, the Ditidaht/Pacheedaht Agreement was signed in principle. After many years of work, our nation can now move to Level 5 of the BC Treaty process (Final Contract Negotiations). The Ditidaht and Pacheedaht have signed an agreement that has been in progress for a quarter of a century and prepares First Nations for the final phase of contract negotiations with the province and Canada. A respectful and satisfactory treaty can bring great benefits to Ditidaht. If authorized, Indian law would not apply to Ditidaht to a large extent. The treaty will provide us with more land and money and recognize our right to self-management by giving Ditidaht greater control over our country, our laws and our democratic processes.
It also provides economic benefits and clarifies our rights and relationships with Canada and BC, particularly outside of Treaty Settlement Land (TSL), by negotiating co-management agreements. People gather to participate on Friday, June 28, 2019, in an agreement in principle between the federal and provincial governments and two Vancouver Island First Nations. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dirk Meissner) Links to Agreement-in-Principle: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/consulting-with-first-nations/first-nations-negotiations/first-nations-a-z-listing/ditidaht-first-nation www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/consulting-with-first-nations/first-nations-negotiations/first-nations-a-z-listing/pacheedaht-first-nation The proposed treaty country includes our nation`s existing reserves as well as areas that will be transferred by Crown Land and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Once we reach our final agreement, we will own 751 hectares of our current reserve country, nearly 4,000 hectares of kronland and 1,453 hectares of national park in the southeastern part of Vancouver Island. . . .