"I would like to congratulate Tla'amin Nation members and their leadership on achieving a 'yes' vote in favour of the Tla'amin Final Agreement. This is a clear sign that the treaty process is alive and well, and a 'yes' outcome to the vote helps build momentum in negotiations across B.C.
"Community support is important as we move toward treaty. This vote is a milestone in the journey to a treaty that will bring many benefits to the community and see Tla'amin become a full, self-governing treaty nation.
"Even though there were forces trying to determine the future of the Tla'amin people, the Tla'amin triumphed.
"The Tla'amin Final Agreement will now go to the provincial legislature for ratification and then to the Parliament of Canada to be ratified. It is a historic moment for the people of Tla'amin and for all British Columbians."
Of 615 community members registered on the Official Voters List, 318 voted in favour of ratification; 235 voted against; 61 eligible voters did not cast a ballot; and there was one spoiled ballot.
A successful vote required 50 per cent plus one of eligible voters on the Official Voters List to vote in favour of ratification.
For more information on treaties in B.C., visit http://www.treaties.gov.bc.ca/.
Manager of Communications
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
250 213-6451 cell