The Laich-Kwil-Tach Treaty Society includes the We Wai Kai First Nation (Cape Mudge Band). Their territories include the Campbell River, Strathcona, Comox and Mainland areas.
The Laich-Kwil-Tach Treaty Society is represented by a Chief Negotiator, the First Nation Chief and the Board of Directors.
In December 1993 our treaty group filed a Statement of Intent to negotiate a treaty with the British Columbia Treaty Commission (BCTC) and accepted the Statement of Intent as complete and forwarded it to the Federal and Provincial Governments.
There are six stages to the treaty process. Presently the Laich-Kwil-Tach Treaty Society is in Stage 4 – Negotiations of an Agreement in Principle. The goal of Stage 4 is to reach major agreement that will form the basis of treaty. Several chapters that we are negotiating are: Lands, Forestry and Non-Timber Forest Products, Wildlife and Environment, Fisheries, Governance, Culture and Heritage.
This video was recorded in 2012, when the Laich-Kwil-Tach Treaty Society was comprised of three First Nations; We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum, and Kwiakah. We Wai Kum and Kwiakah have since created their own treaty team, leaving Laich-Kwil-Tach Treaty Society as We Wai Kai. Although Nations have diverged within the treaty process, one thing remains; we are all Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples.