The UNBC-Lake Babine Nation Protocol Agreement
In January of 2010 a protocol agreement was signed between LBN and UNBC. This agreement involves working together with UNBC to create learning opportunities for both UNBC students and LBN members. The agreement also makes it easier for UNBC professors to conduct research involving LBN or LBN territories. LBN gets to have input into the direction that this research takes and also benefits from what is learned.
The implementation of the agreement is overseen by a Protocol Committee made up of three representatives from LBN and three representatives of UNBC. They are in charge of reviewing mechanisms for implementing different elements of the agreement and engaging with any major projects that are proposed between LBN and UNBC.
To date UNBC professors and students have been involved in facilitating LBN meetings and providing expertise in several areas such as oral history projects and a proposed land use planning project which is currently awaiting funding approval. There has also been an Archaeological Field school put on by UNBC at the Babine Fence area and a follow up dig is planned for summer 2012. The Northern British Columbia Archives houses a significant collection of LBN materials as a related part of this agreement and is in the process of cataloguing this material.
As this agreement continues to expand and develop there will be increasing opportunities and project partnerships available.