The Vancouver Island Treaties Conference (VI Treaties) was held at Vancouver Island University and co-hosted by Snuneymuxw First Nation in Nanaimo on May 10 and 11, 2012, with more than 200 participants from across Canada.

The theme for the conference was “The Pre-Confederation Treaties of Vancouver Island – Fulfilling Treaty Promises and Living in Treaty Relationships.” Presenters explored two overlapping streams:
1) First Nation visions for a treaty relationship in the 21st century founded on these pre-Confederation treaties; and 2) current and future academic research about these living treaties.

For more information: VI Treaties website

Recent Submissions

  • Backgrounder: The Pre-Confederation Treaties of Vancouver Island and Decision-making 

    Unknown author (Vancouver Island University, 2012-05)
    What are the practical implications of White & Bob and Morris for the exercise of jurisdiction by the Treaty First Nations and the Province of BC? What role exists for “Douglas Treaty” First Nation laws in regulating the ...
  • Backgrounder: The Pre-Confederation Treaties of Vancouver Island - Charting a New Course for Treaty Implementation 

    Unknown author (Vancouver Island University, 2012-05)
    How should the wrongs of the past be remedied through treaty implementation? What can be learned from the experience in Washington State with tribal fishing rights under the Stevens Treaties of 1854 and 1855? Has the ...
  • Backgrounder: Honouring the Spirit and Intent of the Pre-Confederation Treaties of Vancouver Island – The Challenges of Treaty Interpretation 

    Unknown author (Vancouver Island University, 2012-05)
    How do the Pre-Confederation Treaties structure relationships and interactions between peoples and governments? What roles can and should oral histories and the written text and other documents play in the interpretation ...
  • Agenda. Conference on the Pre-Confederation Treaties of Vancouver Island 

    Unknown author (2012-05)
    Agenda for the Vancouver Island Treaties Conference (VI Treaties), held at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo on May 10 and 11, 2012.
  • Thomas Berger keynote address 

    Berger, Thomas (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2012-05-10)
    Video recording of the Vancouver Island Pre-Confederation Treaties Conference held at Vancouver Island University May 10-11th, 2012.
  • Chief Wilton Littlechild keynote address 

    Littlechild, Wilton (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2012-05-10)
    Video recording of the Vancouver Island Pre-Confederation Treaties Conference held at Vancouver Island University May 10-11th, 2012.
  • Konrad Sioui keynote address 

    Sioui, Konrad (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2012-05-10)
    Video recording of the Vancouver Island Pre-Confederation Treaties Conference held at Vancouver Island University May 10-11th, 2012.
  • Decision making 

    Unknown author (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2012-05-10)
    Video recording of the Vancouver Island Pre-Confederation Treaties Conference held at Vancouver Island University May 10-11th, 2012.
  • Challenges of treaty interpretation 2 

    Unknown author (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2012-05-10)
    Video recording of the Vancouver Island Pre-Confederation Treaties Conference held at Vancouver Island University May 10-11th, 2012.
  • Challenges of treaty interpretation 1 

    Unknown author (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2012-05-10)
    Video recording of the Vancouver Island Pre-Confederation Treaties Conference held at Vancouver Island University May 10-11th, 2012.
  • Charting a new course for treaty implementation 

    Unknown author (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2012-05-10)
    Video recording of the Vancouver Island Pre-Confederation Treaties Conference held at Vancouver Island University May 10-11th, 2012.
  • Opening & closing remarks 

    Unknown author (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2012-05-10)
    Video recording of the Vancouver Island Pre-Confederation Treaties Conference held at Vancouver Island University May 10-11th, 2012.