The Lheidli T'enneh First Nation – whose traditional territory encompasses the Prince George area and east to the Alberta border – was one of the first indigenous communities to get involved in negotiations under the BC Treaty Process.
The process began twenty years ago and in 2006, the Chief Councillor for the Lheidli T'enneh initialed a Final Agreement that went to the community for a vote. In April 2007, by a narrow margin, that agreement was rejected.
Since then, the Lheidli T'enneh people have looked into some of the issues that surveys showed to have influenced the ratification vote. Now, a Community Engagement Process is underway that will make space for a full and informed dialogue about the treaty, its pros, cons and alternatives. Supported by the BC Treaty Commission, this process will begin with an open house for the Lheidli T'enneh community in March and then continue with individual interviews, family discussions, focus groups, online surveys and further community wide planning gatherings.