First Nations Leadership Council Statement: Call for Support and Passage of Bill 41

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November 26, 2019

First Nations Leadership Council Statement:
Call for Support and Passage of Bill 41

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is tremendously supportive of the NDP Government’s introduction of Bill 41: Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, which represents a significant step forward in Crown-Indigenous relations in British Columbia. We are deeply concerned that the progression of Bill 41 is being jeopardized through delay at the Committee stage.

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Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare, their Families and Allies Rally to Demand Justice and Accountability

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November 24, 2019

Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare, their Families and Allies Rally to Demand Justice and Accountability

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – November 24, 2019) Today, Indigenous survivors of child welfare, their families and community allies are holding a march and rally in Vancouver to call for justice, action and accountability for all Indigenous survivors of child welfare. Solidarity actions will take place in Edmonton and Toronto.

 

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Indigenous Leaders in British Columbia and Guatemala Demand that Mining Companies Respect their Self-Determination at Home and Abroad

Indigenous Leaders in British Columbia and Guatemala Demand that Mining Companies Respect their Self-Determination at Home and Abroad

(((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C): Representatives of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and the Xinka Indigenous Parliament of Guatemala joined forces Wednesday night to call on Canadian mining companies to respect Indigenous rights no matter where they operate.

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UBCIC Statement: GCEJ

UBCIC Statement
November 14, 2019

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – November 14, 2019) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) was deeply disappointed to learn today that there are reports of historic sexual violence carried out by Grand Chief Ed John, and criminal charges have been laid based on incidents that are reported to have occurred in 1974. The UBCIC does not have a direct employment relationship with Grand Chief Ed John.

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UBCIC Remembers and Honours George Saddleman

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November 5, 2019

UBCIC Remembers and Honours George Saddleman

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – November 5, 2019) It is with great sorrow and loss that the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) received the news that our dear friend and Elders Representative, George Saddleman, Upper Nicola Indian Band, passed away. We would like to convey our deepest condolences to his family members, friends, and loved ones.

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Indigenous human rights recognized in B.C. law with new legislation

Indigenous human rights recognized in B.C. law with new legislation

VICTORIA - Legislation introduced Oct. 24, 2019, creates a path forward to recognize and uphold the human rights of Indigenous peoples in B.C.

"Today's legislation is a crucial step towards true and lasting reconciliation," said Premier John Horgan. "With this new law, Indigenous peoples will be part of the decisions that affect them, their families and their territories. Together with Indigenous peoples, we're going to build a better future with good jobs and opportunities for people, strong environmental protections and healthy communities that include everyone."

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March and Rally Demanding All Political Parties Make Accountability, Action and Justice for MMIWG a Priority

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October 20, 2019

March and Rally Demanding All Political Parties Make Accountability, Action and Justice for MMIWG a Priority

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – October 20, 2019) Today the Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (“the Coalition”) will be gathering at Victory Square to march and rally for justice, action and accountability. On the eve of the federal election, the Coalition is sending a clear message to all political parties that regardless of whom forms government, the implementation of the MMIWG Calls for Justice is a priority.

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First Nations Leadership Council Angered and Disappointed with Canada’s Recalcitrant Appeal of CHRT Ruling

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October 7, 2019

First Nations Leadership Council Angered and Disappointed with Canada’s Recalcitrant Appeal of CHRT Ruling

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.)

The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) of British Columbia expresses our profound frustration and deep concern with the decision on October 6, 2019 by the Government of Canada to seek judicial review of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision in First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Assembly of First Nations et al. v. Attorney General of Canada (for the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada), (2019 CHRT 39).  This appeal is of a critical ruling on compensating First Nations victims of discrimination in the child welfare system due to their suffering wilful and reckless discrimination as a result of an underfunded and poorly coordinated child welfare system. The appeal filed by Canada on October 6, 2019 seeks to quash the order of the Tribunal and is a step backward.

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