22 Groups Call For End to Tofino Fish Farm Expansions

22 GROUPS CALL FOR END TO TOFINO FISH FARM EXPANSIONS

Tofino BC, 26 April 2023—As fish farms are being closed around British Columbia, Cermaq Canada has requested a fourth permit to expand their operations near Tofino. Cermaq now has only 14 fish farms left in British Columbia—all in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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OPEN LETTER: Calling on Minister to Address Outstanding Issues Related to Informal Access to Information Procedures That Continue to Stall First Nations’ Specific Claims

The Honourable Marc Miller
Minister, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
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Dear Minister Miller,

The National Claims Research Directors (NCRD) writes to thank you for your letter of March 31, 2023, in response to our February 15th open letter to you and Minister Lametti. While we are encouraged by the constructive tone of your reply, there remain areas of acute concern to First Nations that must be addressed immediately so that research on First Nations claims can proceed.

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UBCIC Remembers and Honours Dr. Gloria Cranmer Webster

 

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April 21, 2023

UBCIC Remembers and Honours Dr. Gloria Cranmer Webster

((xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – April 21, 2023) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) wishes to acknowledge the passing of Dr. Gloria Cranmer Webster, and extend our deep, heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, loved ones, and community. She will be truly missed by those who were privileged to witness her passionate and tireless advocacy for the reclamation of First Nations culture, language, and traditions and her support and love for her family and community.

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Legalized but Still Excluded; FNLC Calls for Change to Cannabis

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April 20, 2023

Legalized but Still Excluded; FNLC Calls for Change to Cannabis Laws

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) In 2018, cannabis was legalized without meaningful engagement or consultation with First Nations. As people gather on April 20th to engage in further advocacy around cannabis, the First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) calls on the governments of British Columbia and Canada to align the cannabis legal framework with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and support First Nations fulsome participation in the cannabis economy.

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Press Release: BC First Nations highlight Canadian banks’ pattern of supporting Trans Mountain Expansion through preferential rates

BC First Nations highlight Canadian banks’ pattern of supporting Trans Mountain Expansion through preferential rates

April 19, 2023

xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Territory/Vancouver, B.C. 

This week Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) wrote letters to the CEO of Canada’s six largest banks, RBC, BMO, TD, Scotiabank, CIBC and National Bank regarding the $10 billion loan currently being negotiated for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX).

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UBCIC Celebrates Historic Settlement of Treaty 8 Treaty Land Entitlement Specific Claim

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April 18, 2023

UBCIC Celebrates Historic Settlement of Treaty 8Treaty Land Entitlement Specific Claim

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – April 18, 2023) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs extends our warmest congratulations to the Blueberry River, Doig River, Halfway River, Saulteau, and West Moberly First Nations on finally achieving justice for their Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) specific claim after decades of negotiations with the federal and provincial governments to honour their historical land treaty.

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OPEN LETTER: FNLC Calls for The Prime Minister to Act After Parliamentary Report Details Systemic Issues in DFO

 April 17, 2023

Honorable Justin Trudeau,
Prime Minister

Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

OPEN LETTER: FNLC Calls for The Prime Minister to Act After Parliamentary Report Details Systemic Issues in DFO

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Murray:

We are writing regarding the March 2023 scathing report by the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Ocean (FOPO) on science at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). This report is an indictment of the many issues long identified by First Nations and exposes the bias and unscientific decision-making and processes that permeate DFO.

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UBCIC Alarmed by Vancouver’s Violent Plan to Clear DTES

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April 4, 2023

UBCIC Alarmed by Vancouver’s Violent Plan to Clear DTES

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – April 4, 2023) A leaked City of Vancouver plan for the Downtown Eastside (DTES) proposes a two-stage violent escalation in evictions of homeless residents who have been forced to live in tents in the face of relentless housing and affordability crises. UBCIC calls on Vancouver to abandon this reckless approach and work with all relevant parties, including the local First Nations and Indigenous organizations, to create a holistic plan founded on the provision of safe, sanitary housing rather than short-sited, traumatizing displacement to homeless shelters and the streets of other neighbourhoods.

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