More than a century and a half has passed since the pre-Confederation treaties of Vancouver Island (sometimes called the “Douglas treaties) were made. For most of that time, these solemn treaties were denied or neglected by the federal and provincial governments. Yet, for the First Nations who concluded them, these treaties became an indelible part of their histories and a constant reminder of the solemn promises that were made. With legal and other developments, these treaties have truly become once again “living treaties”.
Snuneymuxw First Nation and Vancouver Island University (VIU) have joined together to co-host a major conference on these historic treaties. The conference will be held at VIU in Nanaimo on May 10 and 11, 2012, and is expected to attract more than 200 participants from across BC and other parts of Canada.
The overarching theme for the conference is “The Pre-Confederation Treaties of Vancouver Island – Fulfilling Treaty Promises and Living in Treaty Relationships”. In exploring this theme, the conference will combine two overlapping streams:
visions for a treaty relationship in the 21st century based on these pre- Confederation treaties; and
current and future academic research about these living treaties.
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