UBCIC Welcomes Announcement that Canada is Phasing Out Fish Farms in Discovery Islands

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June 22, 2022

UBCIC Welcomes Announcement that Canada is Phasing Out Fish Farms in Discovery Islands

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/ Vancouver, B.C. – June 22, 2022) Today, Federal Minister Joyce Murray of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard announced a transition planning process for fish farms in British Columbia. This will include consultations with First Nations Title and Rights holders and with industry. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) welcomes this announcement and calls for this process to be a concrete step towards the complete removal of fish farms from BC oceans.

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Struggles Continue on National Indigenous Peoples Day; UBCIC Calls for Increased Justice, Transparency and Ethics

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June 21, 2022

Struggles Continue on National Indigenous Peoples Day; UBCIC Calls for Increased Justice, Transparency and Ethics

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – June 21, 2022) Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) reflects on a range of critical issues facing First Nations as we demand systemic change. UBCIC calls for decisive forward action on implementation of the federal United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and the provincial Declaration Act, tangible and concrete action on the MMIWG Calls for Justice, the jointly developed repatriation of internees of unmarked graves to their home communities, and substantial climate crisis investments to First Nations.

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One Year After UN Declaration Act Passed, FNLC Calls for Faster Progress and Emergency Interim Implementation Plan

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June 16, 2022

One Year After UN Declaration Act Passed, FNLC Calls for Faster Progress and Emergency Interim Implementation Plan 

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is concerned with a lack of progress since Canada passed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act one year ago today, which commits the federal government to the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration).

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FNLC Statement on Special Interlocutor

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June 10, 2022

FNLC Statement on Special Interlocutor

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.: The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) welcomes the appointment of Kimberly R. Murray, a Mohawk woman from Kanehsatà:ke, as Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites associated with Indian Residential Schools across Canada. We call on Canada to ensure that her role as Special Interlocutor is fully resourced and mandated to the highest extent and to further appoint a Special Prosecutor to bring justice to Indigenous peoples for the crimes committed by Canada and the Church, and together bring our children home.

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UBCIC Launches Status Card Racism Survey

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June 10, 2022

UBCIC Launches Status Card Racism Survey

Survey is open to all status card holders in B.C. until July 1, 2022.

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – June 10, 2022) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) has launched an online survey to determine how much racism and discrimination users face when they present their status cards in public places like banks and retail outlets.

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UBCIC Demands Justice for Chantel Moore, Two Years after Police Murder

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June 4, 2022

UBCIC Demands Justice for Chantel Moore, Two Years after Police Murder

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – June 4th, 2022) 26-year-old Chantel Moore of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation was fatally shot by RCMP in Edmundston, New Brunswick two years ago today during a wellness check. The Coroner’s Inquest this month concluded that her death was a homicide.

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First Nations Leadership Council Calls for Immediate Action to Address Colonial Violence Against First Nations Women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People

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June 3, 2022

 

First Nations Leadership Council Calls for Immediate Action to Address Colonial Violence Against First Nations Women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) On the third anniversary of the release of the National Inquiry’s Final Report and Calls for Justice, the First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is deeply troubled by the lack of progress to implement the Calls for Justice. Despite the finding of genocide made by the National Inquiry, and the horrific experiences of systemic discrimination and violence that were brought to light, the Canadian and British Columbian governments’ work on this issue has been marked by a lack of committed resources, poor communication and coordination, and inadequate partnership with First Nations people.

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UBCIC Honoured to Attend Tk’emlúps Memorial for Le Estcwicwéy̓; Calls on Canada and Pope for more Action

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May 23, 2022

UBCIC Honoured to Attend Tk’emlúps Memorial for Le Estcwicwéy̓; Calls on Canada and Pope for more Action

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – May 23, 2022) Today Tk’emlúps Te Secwépemc hosts a memorial in commemoration of Le Estcwicwéy̓ – the missing – nearly a year after they first confirmed the finding of 215 First Nations children in an unmarked grave at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.  

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