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Government of Canada and Tla’amin Nation will begin specific claims negotiations on tiskwat

The parties commence negotiations 145 years after Tla’amin was displaced from its original village site.


qathet, B.C.- On October 13, 2023, the Government of Canada offered to negotiate Tla’amin Nation’s tiskwat specific claim. The claim is over 20 years in the making and is centred on the illegal purchase of lot 450 which includes tiskwat.

“I feel overcome with emotion today,” said hegus John Hackett. “Our ancestors were illegally removed from tiskwat almost 150 years ago. Seven generations of Tla’amin people have fought to restore our responsibility to the big river and we are the generation that has the chance to correct this historic wrong.”

Tla’amin Executive Council signed an Executive Order on October 18 accepting Canada’s offer to negotiate. The Order directs staff to begin negotiations immediately.

Executive Council member Dillon Johnson says Tla’amin has developed plans for tiskwat which balance social, cultural, environmental, and economic values.

“A lot of harm has been done to the land,” said Johnson, “Our plans seek to reverse that harm in a careful and responsible way. Canada’s recognition of our rightful ownership at tiskwat is an important step toward that. We look forward to a fast and fair negotiations process so that we may resume our rightful relationship with this place.”

Davis McKenzie


The Tla’amin were forcibly removed from tiskwat by the government in the late 1880s. The river adjacent to the Tla’amin settlement was dammed, eradicating one of the richest salmon runs on the south coast of British Columbia upon which the Tla’amin people relied. The dam provided power to a large pulp and paper mill constructed on the site in the early 1900s.

The mill was a major economic force in the region for over 100 years, providing jobs, and significant tax revenue for local governments. It ceased operations in 2021, and the owner, Paper Excellence, announced on August 16, 2023, the permanent curtailment of mill operations. The site is currently for sale.

Read the history of tiskwat here: https://www.tlaaminnation.com/deception-delays-and-theft-the-truth-about-tiskwat-you-wont-find-in-history-books/

Learn about Tla’amin specific claims in progress here: https://services.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/scbri_e/main/reportingcentre/external/externalreporting.aspx

Read Tla’amin’s joint statement of commitment with the qathet Regional District here: https://www.tlaaminnation.com/strongtlaamin-nation-and-qathet-regional-district-release-joint-statement-on-the-future-of-tisksupw-supat-former-mill-site-strong/

About the Tla’amin Nation

The Tla’amin Nation is a self-governing modern treaty nation with significant land holdings in the qathet region on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. The Tla’amin Treaty with Canada and British Columbia came into force in 2016. The Tla’amin people have occupied the region for millenia, stewarding the land and sea in accordance with Tla’amin law and respect for the natural world. To learn more please visit https://www.tlaaminnation.com/.