Vancouver Island Treaties

The Vancouver Island treaties were made at a series of different meetings between 1850 and 1854, each one conducted slightly differently. Here is a timeline of the history of the treaties and their interpretations prepared by legal historians Hamar Foster and Neil Vallance.

The treaties themselves, including images of the originals and the transcript of each, has been prepared by the BC Archives and is available in a pdf file linked here.

The history and circumstances of the treaties is described in this powerpoint introduction to the Vancouver Island treaties prepared by UVic Historian John Lutz for the conference.

A general overview of the treaties was published by Times Colonist writer Sarah Petrescu in February 2017.

The Vancouver Island treaties were made at a series of different meetings between 1850 and 1854, each one conducted slightly differently.

The 2017 conference commissioned the first ever translations of the treaties into Lekwungen, by Songhees elder Dr. Elmer George and a history of the treaty making by STOLȻEȽ John Elliott Sr. in the SENĆOŦEN language of the W̱SÁNEĆ and its translation back into English. Elmer George and John Elliot were awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of this work.