(Vancouver/Coast Salish Territory – September 20, 2007) Grand Chief Stewart Phillip stated today “I am honoured and greatly humbled that the Chiefs-in-Assembly at the 39th Annual General Assembly have entrusted me to be the President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs for the next three years.”
With today’s election, Grand Chief Phillip will begin his fourth consecutive three-year term as the President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.
“I will continue to strenuously commit my efforts to unite our people in order that we may force the federal and provincial governments and third-party interests to fully recognize, respect and accommodate our Aboriginal Title in our respective territories. The New Relationship must be more than words, it must be recognition, respect and reconciliation of our Aboriginal Title in our respective territories, throughout the province, across Canada and on the world stage. As such, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs call on the Government of British Columbia to endorse the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Government of Canada to step down from the UN Human Rights Council” concluded Chief Phillip.
Grand Chief Phillip has been married for twenty-two years to his wife Joan. They have four grown sons, two daughters, four granddaughters and four grandsons. Grand Chief Phillip was elected to a fourth consecutive term as Chief of the Penticton Indian Band and is Chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance.
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Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
Cell: (250) 490-5314