Finalized and signed in 2019, the Federal Protocol Agreement seeks to duplicate the success the SSEA brought to STSA’s relationship with the Province of British Columbia, to their relationship with Federal Government of Canada.
The Federal Protocol Agreement clarifies, standardizes, and streamlines indigenous engagement and consultation in S’ólh Téméxw, while never compromising the protection of Stó:lō rights and title interests. Functionally, the Federal Protocol Agreement acts as a guide or rule book for engagement between Canada and the STSA. It outlines a detailed process, describes performance targets, and clarifies expectations for both parties. As the Federal Protocol was signed by the Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister, other Federal departments must agree to adhere to the engagement-consultation process set out by the Protocol.