Tŝilhqot’in Governance

The Tŝilhqot’in Nation has governed itself since time immemorial through traditional practices that uphold our inherent responsibilities to the waters, landscape, each other, our families, and spiritual law. This governance has been formed through holistic practices of ceremony, strict protocol in all activities, relations to our food and resources, genealogy, legends, and much more. Tŝilhqot’in governance practice encompasses all areas of our well-being: mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional. Our territorial boundaries were actively monitored, managed, and defended and that practice continues today. 

Nenqay Deni Accord

Following the 2014 SCC Aboriginal Title and Rights case win by the Tŝilhqot’in Nation, the Tŝilhqot’in National Government entered into negotiations with colonial British Columbia. These negotiations resulted in the Nenqay Deni Accord, a 5 -year agreement based on the inherent rights of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation to self govern and included significant commitment to reconciliation.

In summary the Nenqay Deni Accord rolled out the path in which colonial British Columbia and the Tŝilhqot’in National Government would begin moving forward.

Nulh Ghah Dechen Ts'edilhtan

The Tŝilhqot’in Nation Wildife Law applies to the Declared Title area in the territory.

"The purpose of this Nulh Ghah Dechen Ts’edilhtan is to ensure the nen (land) and wildlife upon it are managed and protected according to Tŝilhqot’in values and teachings, to make sure our nen provides for this generation and the generations to come." 

Enacted by the Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government on July 16, 2019.
Endorsed by the Tŝilhqot'in Council of Chiefs on July 25, 2019.
Came into force on August 23, 2019.

Gwets'en Nilt'i Pathways Agreement

The Gwets'in Nilt'i Pathways Agreement is a tripartite agreement between the Tŝilhqot'in National Government, colonial British Columbia, and colonial Canada. 

"The purpose of this Agreement is to bring transformative change during the term of this Agreement to the lives of the Tŝilhqot'in peoples and to the relationship between the Tŝilhqot'in Nation, Canada, and British Columbia." 

This agreement was signed onto by all three parties on July 25, 2019. The agreement is 42 pages in length and builds off the Nenqay Deni Accord.