Moratorium on B.C. Industrial Mink Farming: Ending the Farming of Wild Animals for Luxury Products

News Release
April 6, 2021

Moratorium on B.C. Industrial Mink Farming: Ending the Farming of Wild Animals for Luxury Products

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – April 6, 2021) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) joins the BC SPCA and other advocates calling for a moratorium on mink farming in the province.

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UBCIC Stands with Asian Communities and our Allies Against the Surge in Anti-Asian Hate and Racism

Statement
April 1, 2021

UBCIC Stands with Asian Communities and our Allies Against the Surge in Anti-Asian Hate and Racism

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – April 1, 2021) Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the treatment of Asian people as racial scapegoats for the pandemic has fueled a global rise and intensification in anti-Asian racism and racially motivated hate crimes. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) continues to stand with Black, Indigenous, and racialized groups against systemic racism and oppression, and condemns the reprehensible, violent hate crimes targeting and afflicting unimaginable pain, loss, and grief upon Asian communities.

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A Roadblock to Reconciliation: A Call to Dismantle the Barriers that Driver’s Licensing Presents to Indigenous Wellbeing and Safety

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March 24, 2021

A Roadblock to Reconciliation: A Call to Dismantle the Barriers that Driver’s Licensing Presents to Indigenous Wellbeing and Safety

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – March 24, 2021) First Nations in B.C. and Canada have had to grapple with an indisputable yet overlooked truth for years: an inability to access driver’s licensing fundamentally strengthens the systemic inequality and marginalization experienced by First Nations.

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First Nations Leadership Council acknowledges City of Vancouver unanimous decision to implement the UN Declaration

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2021

First Nations Leadership Council acknowledges City of Vancouver unanimous decision to implement the UN Declaration

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. — March 16, 2021 — The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) acknowledges the City of Vancouver’s unanimous decision to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UN Declaration”) at the local government level last week on March 11, 2021.

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OPEN LETTER: Call to Reinstate the $300-Per-Month COVID-19 Supplement and Raise BC Income and Disability Assistance Rates

Honourable John Horgan
Honourable Mitzi Dean
Honourable Nicholas Simons
Honourable Selina Robinson

OPEN LETTER: Call to Reinstate the $300-Per-Month COVID-19 Supplement and Raise BC Income and Disability Assistance Rates

Dear Premier and Ministers,

We are writing with respect to Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) Resolution 2021-16 “Support for the Permanent Reinstatement of the $300-Per-Month COVID-19 Crisis Supplement,” which was presented, affirmed and endorsed by consensus at the UBCIC Chiefs Council on February 25, 2021 (enclosed).

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UBCIC Statement on International Women's Day

Press Statement

March 8, 2021

Indigenous Women at the Front Lines: Celebrating True Courage and Resilience on International Women’s Day

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – March 8, 2021) This International Women’s Day, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) celebrates Indigenous women around the globe who, persisting through the most tumultuous and challenging of times, stand at the front lines of conflict and change in order to lead, inspire, defend, and love. 

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OPEN LETTER: Resignation of Former Terrace Councillor Jessica McCallum-Miller

Mayor Carol Leclerc, City of Terrace
Councillor James Cordeiro
Councillor Sean Bujtas
Councillor Brian Downie
Councillor Lynne Christiansen
Councillor Evan Ramsay

OPEN LETTER: Resignation of Former Terrace Councillor Jessica McCallum-Miller

Dear City of Terrace Mayor and Council,

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is highly alarmed and disappointed to hear of the resignation of former councillor Jessica McCallum-Miller, who, as the first Indigenous member of your council and an exemplar of Indigenous leadership, was met with the same treatment that has defined Canada’s colonial legacy– with the systemic and internalized racism and discrimination that has suppressed our voices, identities, and cultures for centuries.

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NEWS RELEASE: RCMP shoot First Nations man in Nuu-chah-nulth territory; Indigenous leaders demand answers and change

NEWS RELEASE: RCMP shoot First Nations man in Nuu-chah-nulth territory; Indigenous leaders demand answers and change

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2021

Nuu-Chah-Nulth-Nation Tribal Council
Pacheedaht First Nation
BC Assembly of First Nations
First Nations Summit
Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs

(Nuu-chah-nulth, Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories – March 1, 2021) The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, Pacheedaht First Nation and the First Nations Leadership Council are calling for a fully independent and transparent investigation into a police shooting that has resulted in the death of a 28-year-old member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation on Vancouver Island. The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council must be involved in every step of the investigation.

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