COVID-19 is no excuse for hate: UBCIC demands stronger stand against racism

News Release
May 17, 2020

COVID-19 is no excuse for hate:
UBCIC demands stronger stand against racism

(xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, BC). – May 17, 2020) On the evening of May 15, Dakota Holmes, an Indigenous woman and an employee of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), was subjected to a racist attack while walking her dog. A white male physically and verbally attacked her, punching her in the face and yelling racist slurs about Asian people and COVID-19. The incident was prompted by a sneeze from Holmes, who experiences seasonal allergies.

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Xinka people of Guatemala and thousands of international supporters demand answers from Pan American Silver

May 6, 2020

Canadian mining company Pan American Silver is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) today in Vancouver, with a small group of company insiders in the room and limited phone access for others. But despite the challenges of being heard, Guatemalan communities are raising serious questions about the company's acquisition of the Escobal mine with its 2019 purchase of Tahoe Resources and about social division the company is sowing by intervening in communities during the global health pandemic.

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Canada: Climate Change and the Cultural Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Submission to:
Ms. Karima Bennoune, Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
Via email: srculturalrights@ohchr.org

May 1, 2020

Prepared by:

Indigenous Climate Action and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

INTRODUCTION:

Indigenous peoples living on Turtle Island in the area of Kanáta - Canada are diverse. With approximately 56 different languages, peoples and protocols, they anxiously and precariously defend their tangible and intangible cultural rights. The common struggle to all Indigenous peoples living in Canada remains the racist colonial Doctrines’[1] persistent oppressive and assimilative laws and policies designed to dispossess Indigenous peoples from their Homelands and resources.

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Governments must respect First Nations Jurisdiction

STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
April 29, 2020

Governments must respect First Nations Jurisdiction

(xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, BC): The First Nations Leadership Council is urging all levels of government, federal, provincial and municipal, to recognize and respect First Nations jurisdiction and decisions as they take actions to protect their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical for all levels of governments to include and work collaboratively with neighbouring First Nations in our collective efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

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FNLC OFFERS CONDOLENCES IN THE DEATH OF INFANT IN THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE

Statement
APRIL 24, 2020

FNLC OFFERS CONDOLENCES IN THE DEATH OF INFANT IN THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) The First Nations Leadership Council was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of an infant in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside earlier this week and sends sincerest and heartfelt condolences to the mother and all residents of the Downtown Eastside community during this time.

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OPEN LETTER: Indigenous Leaders, Doctors, Nurses And Others Call For Closure Of Construction Camps

April 21, 2020

 

Premier John Horgan
BC Minister of Health Adrian Dix
BC Centre for Disease Control


We, the undersigned, are writing to request that you immediately shut down construction activities at all B.C.'s large industrial work camps and megaprojects.

Three factors make this step urgent.

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Indigenous Leaders, Doctors, Nurses And Others Call For Closure Of Construction Camps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Indigenous Leaders, Doctors, Nurses And Others Call For Closure Of Construction Camps

In general, B.C's response to the pandemic appears to be showing promising results.  Yesterday ((Monday) there were 52 new cases reported in B.C. (a two-day total), compared with one-day totals of 606 in Ontario and 836 in Quebec.  This is grounds for some cautious optimism, but we should not lose sight of the fact there are still significant vulnerabilities within our province's overall response.  One of these is the Downtown Eastside and B.C.'s homeless population, where the first Covid-19 cases are being reported.  Another is the province's prison system, where there are significant outbreaks and the first deaths being recorded.  A third point of vulnerability is long-term care facilities, where a high death rate has taken place in over two dozen infected facilities.

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UBCIC Calls for Emergency Interjurisdictional Meeting to Address Housing the Homeless during COVID-19 Crisis

News Release
April 20, 2020

UBCIC Calls for Emergency Interjurisdictional Meeting to Address Housing the Homeless during COVID-19 Crisis

(xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlR ilwətaʔɬ/selR ílwitulh (TsleilWaututh)/Vancouver, BC. – April 20, 2020) The day after a group of homeless advocates and their supporters temporarily occupied a portion of an elementary school in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is calling for swift action from governments and agencies to house the homeless during COVID-19 and beyond.

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