This guideline sets out the Labour Relations Board's practice in respect to following the Nisga'a Final Agreement. The guideline isn't binding and still allows the Board to exercise its authority in performing its duties under the Labour Relations Code (the Code).
On May 11, 2000 the Nisga'a Final Agreement came into effect between the Nisga'a Nation and the governments of British Columbia and Canada. The Treaty sets out provisions related to the Nisga'a Nation having governance over their lands and themselves.
The Treaty states that provincial and federal labour and employment laws still apply to those working on Nisga'a Lands. This means employers, unions, and employees operating or working on Nisga'a Lands must continue to follow provincial or federal labour and employment laws. Employees working on Nisga'a Lands are protected by provincial or federal labour and employment laws and/or their collective agreement.
In accordance with the Treaty, if an application is made to the Board and it may affect or concern people working on Nisga'a Lands, the Board will notify the Nisga'a Lisims Government. The Nisga'a Lisims Government will be able to make representations to the Board on matters that relate to the Treaty or Nisga'a culture.