October 3, 2008
Prince George, B.C. -- All media personnel are welcome and encouraged to attend two scheduled information sessions with the following B.C. First Nations Mining Summit representatives to discuss the goals and outcomes of this forum:
• Grand Chief Edward John, Political Executive, First Nations Summit
• Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs
• Regional Chief Shawn Atleo, B.C. Assembly of First Nations
• Tribal Chief David Luggi, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
• Dave Porter, Chief Negotiator, Kaska Dena Council
Day 1: October 7, 1-1:30 PM
Day 3: October 9, 1-1:30 PM
Prince George Civic Centre – 2nd floor meeting room (signs will be posted)
So far, 220 First Nation delegates, representing nearly 100 Band governments, tribal councils, and Indigenous national governments from across British Columbia have registered for the three-day B.C. First Nations Mining Summit in Prince George, October 7-9.
At last count, Day 1 of the forum will be attended by about 60 representatives from the federal and provincial governments, the mining industry, and non-government organizations. On this day, key presenters and delegates will discuss four main topics: 1) state of the mining industry, 2) environmental assessments, 3) effective engagement and decision-making, and 4) case studies.
In addition to the scheduled media sessions, media personnel can register at the door to attend Day 1.
Following Day 1, First Nations delegates will meet in-camera for two days to draft an action plan that addresses collective approaches and strategies with respect to mineral exploration and development on their territories in British Columbia.
For more information, visit: www.bcfnms.ca
Media contact: Kevin Ward, 604-836-0800
UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.