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What We Do

Treaty Negotiations

After the Canadian Negotiating Team was appointed in 2018, the Committee’s activities ramped up extensively as follows:

Canada and the U.S. continue to meet for further rounds of negotiations to 

modernize the Columbia River Treaty – for updates see: the BC CRT News website. In 2018 we worked with the CRT Negotiating Team to establish a 

Columbia River Treaty Negotiations Team - Local Governments Committee Communications and Engagement Protocol. Based on this Protocol, the 

Committee receives verbal updates after each negotiating session. The Protocol 

also states that the Negotiations Team will seek input from the Committee to 

consider the LGC Treaty Recommendations in the negotiations and advice from 

the Committee will be sought if negotiating outcomes appear not to be consistent 

with the Committee’s Recommendations, including specific desired outcomes if 

these were defined in the Committee’s Recommendations.

The CRT Negotiations Advisory Team, which includes the five governments 

involved in negotiating a modernized Treaty – Canada, BC, Ktunaxa Nation, 

Secwepemc Nation and Syilx-Okanagan Nation – has an initiative underway to 

examine potential modernized domestic governance models for the Treaty. The 

initiative explores both the role of Indigenous Nations in the context of the 

commitment of the federal and provincial governments to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and involving Basin 

communities in future decisions regarding Treaty operations planning. The 

Committee has been preparing to engage in this critically important initiative. 

In June 2022 the Committee committed to adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by integrating Indigenous reconciliation into the Committee’s actions. We strive to be in contact quarterly with representatives of the regional Indigenous Nations whom we recognize and support as active observers in the CRT negotiating process. 

In 2019 we updated and refined our 2013 Recommendations based on current 

information on the issues from our research and what we heard from Basin 

residents at the 2018 community meetings. Then we invited feedback on the draft 

Recommendations during the 2019 community meetings. Updated 

Recommendations were released at the beginning of 2021 - See Our Recommendations.

In 2018 and 2019 the Committee assisted the BC CRT Team to host two series of community meetings across the Basin to update information about CRT related issues and community concerns. See 2018 Community Meeting Summary Report and 2019 Community Meeting Summary Report.

Domestic Issues

We compile, track and communicate regularly with the BC CRT Team on 

community specific issues and potential solutions and advocate for actions as 


Committee members continue to follow up with the BC CRT Team on 

actions requested by community members at past community meetings and new issues that have been identified by community members. 

The Committee met with BC Hydro representatives in 2022 to discuss improving 

communications and engagement with Basin communities. The Committee 

initiated these discussions with BC Hydro in 2019. 

Oriented New Members

Following the municipal elections in 2022 and 2018, new committee members 

were appointed to the Committee. The Committee supported the members in their 

orientation so they are quickly able to fully engage in the complex topics being 

considered in the negotiations and the ongoing domestic issues. 

Prior Activities

Find out more about what we've done since the Committee was created in 2011.


2018 to present

Spring drawdown in Kookanusa Reservoir

Image: Winter -Spring Drawdown in Kinbasket Reservoir, near Valemount

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