the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action); "putting them in readiness"; "their preparation was more than adequate"
term which denotes that a negotiating party is adequately prepared to enter treaty negotiations. The readiness of each party -- Canada, the Province, and the First Nation -- is assessed by the BCTC in the second phase of the six-stage process.
A conflict is said to be "ready" for settlement or negotiation when it has reached stalemate, or when all of the parties have determined that their alternatives to negotiation will not get them what they want or need. When this occurs, the parties are likely to be ready to negotiate a settlement that will attain at least part of their interests - more than they are getting or stand to get if they pursue their force-based options further.