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The Gitxsan Alternative is a new approach to Aboriginal treaty making in British Columbia, with implications for the rest of Canada as well. It is different in very significant ways from the Standard Treaty Model under which treaty negotiations are currently carried out. It is important to say at the outset that while for the past two years I have been acting as an adviser to the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs who are negotiating with the Crown, this essay does not claim to speak for them. Rather, what follows is my personal perception of the context, history and possibilities of this new approach.

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