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Specific Claims and Treaty Negotiations

Extensive Experience in Working With First Nations

Michael Geoghegan Consulting (MGC) has extensive experience in working with both coastal and interior First Nations. Among those we have worked with
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  • Cheam Band
  • Kamloops Indian Band
  • Lower Nicola Band
  • Okanagan Indian Band
  • Okanagan Nation Alliance
  • Osoyoos Indian Band
  • Sechelt First Nation
  • Sto:lo Nation
  • St. Mary's Band
  • Tsawataineuk Indian Band
  • Ts'kw'aylaxw First Nation
  • T'Sou-Ke First Nation
  • Upper Nicola Band
  • Upper Similkameen Band
  • Westbank First Nation

MGC has also done work with the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA), Fraser Region Aboriginal Planning Committee (FRAPC) and the United Native Nations (UNN).

Our work has ranged from band administration to economic development to historical research, to media relations, to community relations, to assisting with government-to-government negotiations. We have also been involved in self-government negotiations and have provided valuable advice and strategies in terms of the treaty process, as well as specific land claims negotiations.

Notable Achievements

In terms of specific claims, two notable achievements was the assistance Mike Geoghegan provided to the Osoyoos Indian Band to help them achieve an $11 million settlement on the Haynes Claim, as well as the key role Mike played in helping the Okanagan Indian Band achieve over a $6 million settlement on their Boundary Claim (see the September 28, 2002 media release from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada).

Another high profile example of MGC's work was in staging an extremely successful media and government relations campaign during the summer of 2000 for the Okanagan Indian Band. The net result of this campaign, which generated extensive provincial and national coverage as well as some international coverage, was not only a fast tracked settlement of the Boundary Claim, but a commitment from Ottawa to proceed with their Commonage Claim.

By utilizing our extensive media, provincial and federal government connections, MGC was able to do more to advance the Okanagan Indian Band's specific claims in the space of three weeks than several different law firms had been able to do in over ten years, while charging an hourly rate 50% less than what most law firms charge today.

Make Real Progress

If you are not happy with the progress your First Nation is making on issues that are of concern to your membership, please contact us.

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