UBCIC CHIEFS COUNCIL (VIRTUAL): FOCUS ON KIRS
FINAL NOTICE, SPECIAL GUESTS, RESOLUTIONS
June 29, 2021
Dear Chiefs Council, sister organizations, and friends:
The next UBCIC Chiefs Council will take place virtually tomorrow, 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 and across Turtle Island. A virtual breakout room with a counsellor will be available during the duration of the meeting for anyone needing support.
We are pleased to confirm special guests including the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Francisco Cali Tzay, Hon. Murray Sinclair, Andrea Carmen (ED of International Indian Treaty Council), Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Hon. David Lametti (MOJAG), Hon. Murray Rankin (MIRR), and Hon David Eby (JAG).
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.
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 (template attached). All meeting info can be found on our Chiefs Council Meeting Event Page.
MEETING LOGISTICS, RESOLUTIONS AND MATERIALS
An updated draft agenda (V3) is attached for your review. All resolutions submitted for the cancelled June 2-3 Chiefs Council meeting will be automatically brought to the June 30th Chiefs Council meeting and will be emailed out to delegates in advance (attached to this email for Chiefs Council members).
Instructions to view meeting materials are attached and also pasted below. An updated UBCIC Guide to Virtual Meetings during COVID-19 is also attached.
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 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 as soon as possible 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]).
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