NStQ Survey:  An NStQ Constitution

To all members of NStQ:
After treaty, NStQ will have its own “Constitution”. 
A Constitution is a Nation’s highest law that sets out the rules for how that Nation governs itself. 
A Constitution is sometimes seen as “seme7” law, and some Secwepemc  feel that they do not need one.  However, many First Nations across Canada and Tribes in the United States have found a Constitution to be a valuable tool to guide their governments in the complex legal, political and social environments they face now and in the future. 
This survey (and future discussions among NStQ members) provides you with an opportunity to have your say  about your Constitution.
This survey covers the following topics:

  1. Declaration:  Who are NStQ?  What are our values and expectations of leadership?
  2. NStQ Government Structure:  What positions will there be on the NStQ government?  How long will their Term of Office be?  How will they be selected? What will be their duties?
  3. Accountability of NStQ Government:  What will be the standards for financial accountability?  What will be the standards of conduct of members of the NStQ Government?  What are the consequences for misconduct?  What is the process to deal with misconduct?  Who will make the decision?
  4. Enactment of NStQ Laws:  How will NStQ make Laws after treaty?  Which laws will be made by the overall NStQ Government and which will be made by individual NStQ Community Governments, and how will this be decided?
  5. Enactment and Amendment of NStQ Constitution:  How will the the NStQ Constitution be passed? How can it be changed in the future?  How much support will be required by NStQ before the Constitution is passed or changed ?
  6. Transfer of Interests in NStQ Treaty Settlement Lands:  What interests in NStQ Treaty Settlement Lands can be transferred after treaty?  What is the process for that transfer?
  7. Rights of Citizens:  What rights will NStQ Citizens have?  How will those rights be enforced and protected?

If you are an NStQ member (Canim Lake, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem, Soda Creek or Williams Lake) aged 13 or over, please complete the following survey and get it to the Contact Person for your Band.

Contact Persons: 
Charlotte Gilbert                                             Helen Henderson
Self-Government Coordinator                        Self Government Coordinator
or Judy Boston                                                Canim Lake Indian Band
Executive Assistant                                        Box 1030
Williams Lake Indian Band                           100 Mile House, BC  V0K 2E0
2672 Indian Drive                                          Tel. (250) 397-2002
Williams Lake, BC  V2G 5K9                                                
Tel. (250) 296-3507, Local 118                                                 

Allan Adam                                                     Kellie Louie
Self-Government Coordinator                        Treaty Assistant
Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation                 Soda Creek Indian Band
General Delivery                                             3405 Mountain House Road
Dog Creek, BC  V0L 1J0                                Williams Lake, BC  V2G 5L5                                                                        Tel. (250) 989-2323     Tel. (250) 440-5649

Please note that this is only a survey, intended to find out NStQ opinions on Constitutional issues.  Many of the issues discussed below are subject to continuing treaty negotiations and existing law.  NStQ Community members will have further opportunity to provide input into the NStQ Constitution and the right to vote on the final draft of the NStQ Constitution.
YOUR NAME:  _________________________________ BAND NUMBER: _______________ ADDRESS:  _____________________________________________ PHONE: ____________



 Six Stages of NStQ treaty process.

Stage 1 – Submission of the Statement of Intent to Negotiate a Treaty
Cariboo Tribal Council (NStQ) had submitted SOI Map and documents on December 1993 and BCTC accepted them on January 6 1994

Stage 2 – Preparation for Negotiations
The Cariboo Tribal Council (NStQ) was declared ready April 24 1996. The Chief Negotiators (Chiefs of Canim Lake, Canoe/Dog Creek, Soda Creek and Williams Lake Bands) signed the Agreement with representatives from Canada and BC.

Stage 3 – Framework Agreement
December 10th, 1997 – The Cariboo Tribal Council (NStQ) signed the Framework Agreement.

Stage 4 – Agreement in Principle
We are in Stage 4. This is where substantive Treaty Negotiations begin. The agreement in Principle will lay the ground work for implementation of the Treaty.

Stage 5 – Negotiation to Finalize the Treaty
The treaty formalizes the new relationship among the parties and embodies the agreements reached in the agreement in principle. Technical and legal issues are resolved at this stage. A treaty is a unique constitutional instrument to be signed and formally ratified at the conclusion of Stage 5.

Stage 6 – Implementation of the Treaty
Long-term implementation plans need to be tailored to specific agreements. The plans to implement the treaty are put into effect or phased in as agreed. With time, all aspects of the treaty will be realized and with continuing goodwill, commitment and effort by all parties, the new relationship will come to maturity.