UBCIC Stands with Survivors and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc 3 Years After Announcement of 215 Unmarked Graves

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May 27, 2024

UBCIC Stands with Survivors and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc 3 Years After Announcement of 215 Unmarked Graves

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/ Vancouver, B.C. – May 27, 2024) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) observes the third anniversary of the tragic announcement that 215 suspected unmarked graves of children were found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Today, UBCIC calls for governments and the public to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and validate the truths therein.

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No Time to Spare: B.C.’s Old Growth Action Plan Highlights the Critical Importance of Saving Ancient Trees

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No Time to Spare: B.C.’s Old Growth Action Plan Highlights the Critical Importance of Saving Ancient Trees

May 22, 2024

səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Territories (Vancouver, BC) – Yesterday the Province released its Old Growth Action Plan, “From Review to Action.” The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and Stand.earth are calling on Premier David Eby to immediately issue emergency logging bans in the most at-risk old growth forests, and to align all sectors with the Old Growth Strategic Review.

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UBCIC Celebrates the Monumental Passing of Legislation Recognizing Haida Aboriginal Title

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May 16, 2024

UBCIC Celebrates the Monumental Passing of Legislation Recognizing Haida Aboriginal Title

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/ Vancouver, B.C. – May 16, 2024) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is honoured to celebrate and be witness to the passing of the Haida Nation Recognition Amendment Act (“the Act”), which is now law recognizing the Haida Nation’s Aboriginal title throughout Haida Gwaii. For the first time a Crown government has recognized Aboriginal title through legislation, protecting fee-simple interests while affirming the inherent and constitutionally protected title, rights, and jurisdiction of the Haida Nation.

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FNLC Calls for Action on Red Dress Day, National MMIWG2S+ Awareness Day

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May 5, 2024

FNLC Calls for Action on Red Dress Day, National MMIWG2S+ Awareness Day

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) remembers and honours missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples (MMIWG2S+) today on Red Dress Day.

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UBCIC Calls for Respect of Rights, Dignity and Robust Supports for Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit+ Victims, Survivors and Families

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May 5, 2024

UBCIC Calls for Respect of Rights, Dignity and Robust Supports for Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit+ Victims, Survivors and Families
(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/ Vancouver, B.C. – May 5, 2024) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) honours and stands in solidarity with victims, survivors and families of the Missing and Murdered crisis, marking the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit+ People with calls to action for governments and police.
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FNLC Calls Out Opposition Parties’ Baseless and Harmful Critiques of Bill Recognizing Haida Aboriginal Title

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May 1, 2024

FNLC Calls Out Opposition Parties’ Baseless and Harmful Critiques of Bill Recognizing Haida Aboriginal Title

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) condemns inflammatory and inaccurate comments made by the B.C. United and Conservative Party of B.C. about Bill 25, the Haida Nation Recognition Amendment Act, 2024, that appear designed to instill fear and create division. 

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Toxic Drug Crisis Disproportionately Impacting Indigenous Peoples Calls for Emergency Joint Response

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April 30, 2024

Toxic Drug Crisis Disproportionately Impacting Indigenous Peoples Calls for Emergency Joint Response

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) Last week the Province of B.C. released an update on their 3-year decriminalization pilot project announcing intentions for increased tools for law enforcement, increased tools for health service providers, and increased services for people struggling with addiction. The First Nations Leadership Council and the BC First Nations Justice Council stand with all families and communities who have lost loved ones to the toxic drug crisis and call for an emergency cross-governmental and multilateral strategy to be co-developed that will ensure the safety of each and every member of the public, including people who use drugs.

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Leadership Council Joins Calls for Public Inquiry into RCMP Deaths of Indigenous Peoples After Charges Dropped Against Jared Lowndes’ Killers

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April 29, 2024

Leadership Council Joins Calls for Public Inquiry into RCMP Deaths of Indigenous Peoples After Charges Dropped Against Jared Lowndes’ Killers

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is outraged that the RCMP continue evading charges for killing First Nations people, and is joining calls for a public inquiry into this crisis.

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