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Re-release of native land claims-prior to BC Liberals wasting $10 million.
  Mar 10, 2004

Between December 7, 2001 to January 12, 2002, 4740 respondents (60 in each of 79 constituencies) in British Columbia were telephoned by SCE Research on the following questions. The margin of error is 1.75%, 19 times out of 20 @ 99% competency.

Question #1
Are you in favour of a referendum on native land issues in British Columbia?
Yes    78 %
No    22 %
Question #2
Do you believe the majority should override the minority in native claims in British Columbia?
Yes    63 %
No    37 %
Question #3
Are you in favour of Premier Gordon Campbell’s plan of sending out a sixteen-question questionnaire, which discusses native claims, native land issues, and finality of native treaties, for a cost of nine million dollars?
Yes    20 %
No    80 %
Question #4
Do you think that the government of British Columbia should hold a referendum to give all British Columbians say in the principles that guide the provinces approach to native treaty making?
Yes    78 %
No    22 %
Question #5
Do you think that native treaties that include financial compensation to native bands will make the lives of the average BC native:
Better    12. %
Worse    41 %
No change    47 %
Question #6
Do you think that treaties that include provisions for native bands to become self-governing will make the lives of the average BC native:
Better    21 %
Worse    38 %
No change    41 %
Question #7
Do you think treaties that include land transfer to native bands will make the lives of the average BC native?
Better    12 %
Worse    40 %
No change    48 %
Commentary
22% of respondents who believe there should NOT be a referendum believe that Cash would make life WORSE for the average native.
26% of respondents who believe there should NOT be a referendum believe that self-government would make life WORSE for the average native.
18% of respondents who believe there should NOT be a referendum believe that land will make life WORSE for the average native.
9% of respondents who believe there should be a referendum also believe that cash will make life BETTER for the average native.
13% of respondents who believe that there should be a referendum also believe that self-government will make life BETTER for the average native.
8% of respondents who believe that there should be a referendum also believe that land will make life BETTER for the average native.
68% of respondents in NDP leader Joy McPhail’s riding believe there should be a referendum. 32% believe there should not be one.
66% of respondents in Jenny Kwan’s riding believe there should be a referendum. 34% believe there should not be one.
74% of respondents in Gordon Campbell’s riding believe there should be a referendum. 26% believe there should not be one.
17% of respondents in Gordon Campbell’s riding believe that CASH will make life better for the average native.
25% of respondents in Gordon Campbell’s riding believe that self-government would make life better for the average native.
11% of respondents in Gordon Campbell’s riding believe that land would make life better for the average native.
It was interesting to determine that respondents who DID NOT WANT a referendum often did not believe either CASH, LAND or SELF-GOVERNMENT would make life better for the average native Indian. Respondents throughout the province in surveys relating to native land claims are not confident and do not generally support the processes and approaches taken by either the NDP or BC Liberal government. Successive BC governments are operating counter to the will of the people with respect to native land claims. Respondents in both Premier Campbell’s riding, and the two NDP ridings where members sit in the Legislature DO NOT BELIEVE that the current structure for settlement of Indian land claims will make life for them any better.

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