The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council promotes respect for W̱SÁNEĆ culture, traditional practices, and language.
The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council’s guiding principles come from W̱SÁNEĆ ancient natural laws and beliefs passed down by our ancestors from time immemorial. These laws tell us that our inherent rights to the lands and waters are a responsibility bestowed upon the W̱SÁNEĆ people by XÁLS (Creator).
The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council’s mandate is to promote the interests of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations. As an organization focused on self-determination, the WLC works to enhance recognition of, and respect for, W̱SÁNEĆ Douglas Treaty rights and W̱SÁNEĆ Aboriginal rights and title. The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council promotes respect for W̱SÁNEĆ culture, traditional practices, and language, including the original W̱SÁNEĆ management of the environment as it was meant to be. The WLC seeks to promote sustainable and equitable development of resources within W̱SÁNEĆ Territory.
The WLC uphold the principles and standards articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The WLC affirms W̱SÁNEĆ rights to own, use, develop and control our lands, waters and resources, according to W̱SÁNEĆ natural laws, and the requirement of the state to give legal recognition and protection to these rights.
The WLC will endeavor to exercise respectful and transparent communications.
The purposes of the W̱SÁNEĆ LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SOCIETY are:
- Promote the interests of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations and W̱SÁNEĆ language and culture;
- Enhance recognition of, and respect for, W̱SÁNEĆ rights under the 1852 Douglas Treaty and W̱SÁNEĆ Aboriginal rights and title;
- Administer services to the member bands that have entered into agreements for the provision of services;
- Negotiate with federal, provincial and municipal governments regarding compensation and other remedies for breaches of 1852 Douglas Treaty rights and Aboriginal rights and title;
- Negotiate with federal, provincial and local governments regarding reconciliation and co-management initiatives;
- Negotiate with Crown corporations and other corporations operating within W̱SÁNEĆ traditional territory to promote reconciliation and to identify and explore options for mutual economic benefit;
- To foster communication, cooperation and rights recognition with other Indigenous groups in Canada and the United States;
- Receive, hold, administer and distribute to its members any funds, financial benefits and compensation received from matters negotiated by the Society; and
- To do all such other things as are incidental and ancillary to the attainment of the foregoing purposes and the exercise of the powers of the society