UBCIC CHIEFS COUNCIL (VIRTUAL): FOCUS ON KIRS
SECOND NOTICE AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF SPECIAL GUESTS
June 16, 2021
Dear Chiefs Council, sister organizations, and friends:
The next UBCIC Chiefs Council will take place virtually on June 30th, 2021 from 9am to 1pm. The meeting is being planned with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc to focus on actions around the remains of the 215 children found buried at the Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS), and to discuss the overarching issue of missing and unidentified children from Indian Residential Schools that impacts all First Nations in BC.
We are pleased to announce special guests including the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Francisco Cali Tzay, the Honourable Murray Sinclair, and Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.
Per the UBCIC Constitution and Bylaws, only members in good standing in the current fiscal year (April 1st 2021 to March 31st 2022) may speak from the floor or vote on resolutions brought forward during the meeting. A membership letter for the current fiscal year is attached. Please contact Tracy Point ([email protected] or 1-604-831-4265) to renew or check the status of your membership.
Please register as soon as possible, and if you are sending a proxy, a template letter is attached. None of the registrations or proxies from the cancelled June 2-3 meeting are valid for the June 30th meeting- you will need to register again and send in a new proxy letter.. Please send in your proxy letter in advance of the Chiefs Council meeting to ensure your proxy is processed in advance of the meeting. All meeting info can be found on our Chiefs Council Meeting Event Page.
Pre-registration: Everyone must pre-register for the UBCIC Chiefs Council Zoom meeting. Pre-registration is required to receive the unique Zoom meeting link. Registration helps staff track meeting delegates (chiefs, proxies, representatives), speakers and observers.
Please PRE-REGISTER here as soon as possible and no later than 4:00 pm on June 28th, 2021 to receive your meeting link. Be sure to use an email address that you can access as needed.
Registration Confirmation: Once you have submitted the online registration form, you will receive an email within 48 hours indicating that your registration has been confirmed. If you have indicated that your community is not currently in good standing (membership dues owing), please contact Tracy Point ([email protected]) to arrange for payment.
Zoom meeting link: Only those who register in advance for the UBCIC Chiefs Council meeting will receive their unique Zoom meeting link via email. This will be sent with your confirmation email and again the day prior to the meeting. Please retain the email with link as it is required to join the meeting. Only one registration per email address is permitted, as unique Zoom links are automatically generated for each email address. If you need to register more than one delegate or observer, please provide separate email addresses for each.
Registration Support: Please direct questions to Angie Bain, Registration Lead ([email protected]).
MEETING LOGISTICS, RESOLUTIONS AND MATERIALS
We are pleased to inform you that travel and accommodation expenses to the nearest location possible may be provided for UBCIC Chiefs or Chiefs’ proxy if they do not have the required bandwidth or Wi-Fi infrastructure required to connect remotely from your home/community. Please contact Mildred Chartrand ([email protected]) if you require assistance booking a hotel. Alternately, you can participate by phone, and will see dial-in info as part of your zoom confirmation once you’ve registered.
If you would like to submit a resolution, please review the attached information regarding the UBCIC Resolutions Process and the attached resolution template. The UBCIC Resolutions Process is outlined at: www.ubcic.bc.ca/resolutions. Draft resolutions and briefing notes must be submitted by 4:30 pm on June 16th, 2021 (today) to [email protected]. All resolutions submitted for the cancelled June 2-3 Chiefs Council meeting will be automatically brought to the June 30th Chiefs Council meeting.
Meeting materials will be available in advance for download from our website, rather than provided in hard copy, and draft resolutions will be sent via email once ready. A draft agenda is attached for your review.Importantly, we hope all Chiefs Council members and delegates continue to take care of themselves and each other in the coming weeks. Please refer to the contact info for services below (other resources can be found on the FNHA website) if you need further support:
- 24-hour KUU-US Crisis Line at 1-800-588-8717
- Tsow-Tun-Le-Lum Society at 1-888-403-3123
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society at 1-800-721-0066 or 604-985-4464
Take good care,