Since time immemorial

The Tahltan, Nisga’a, Taku River Tlingit, Wet’suwet’en, Gitsxan, Gitanyow and other Indigenous Peoples have lived in this region for millennia. Their cultures and governance have been shaped by the land—its salmon, animals, mountains and rivers—since time immemorial.

Much of the region is unceded territory, and several First Nations in northwestern BC have been at the forefront of defining their rights to the land.

UNDRIP is the pathway to reconciliation

Canada’s Supreme Court decisions have repeatedly emphasized the need for consent for development projects – from the Delgamuukw to Haida to Tsihlqot’in decisions. As stated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), governments and industries must honour the principles of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

Northern Confluence helps advance these principles by calling on other governments and industries to implement UNDRIP and FPIC in policies and actions.

Gitga'at drummer Nikki Skuce