Liberal leader Gordon Campbell says the Nisga'a land claim deal is too costly, establishes a third level of government, and should be subject to a province-wide referendum. B.C.'s Premier Glen Clark defends the cost, saying the Nisga'a will become taxpayers in the province.
Details were released Wednesday on the historic treaty for the Nisga'a First Nations of British Columbia. It's the first modern-day treaty in province and could be a model for others still being negotiated.
The Nisga'a people of British Columbia will have self-government and their own laws. The deal struck with the province and Ottawa gives up the right to future land claims.
Some details of the historic agreement were released Wednesday afternoon. The deal still has to be ratified by a referendum in the Nisga'a nation. A date hasn't been set for that vote. Nisga'a Tribal Council President Dr. Joseph Gosnell says that's still "several months down the line."
The negotiations concluded on July 15. The details were supposed to be released when the deal is signed on August 4. The Liberal opposition beat the government to the punch by releasing a partial text in the legislature Tuesday.