Private Archives hosted by British Columbia

June 4, 2021

RE: Private Archives hosted by British Columbia

Dear Premier Horgan,
In 2011, the Province of British Columbia entered into an agreement with the Sisters of St. Ann to hold their archives in the British Columbia Provincial Archives. These materials are not held in any other collection in Canada, including the Library and Archives of Canada. The agreement entered into between the Sisters of St. Ann and the British Columbia Government has never been shared with First Nations affected, and it is not public.

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National Action Plan Will Not End Genocide of Indigenous Women and Girls

MEDIA RELEASE:
For Immediate Release: June 3, 2021

National Action Plan and Federal Pathway Will Not End Genocide of Indigenous Women and Girls

Ottawa, ON – The National Action Plan and Federal Pathway on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is not an adequate response to the crisis of murders and disappearances, and the ongoing genocide against Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people that was identified by the National Inquiry. This is the conclusion of a number of Indigenous women experts, grassroots groups and organizations who work with Indigenous families, survivors and communities. They have grave concerns about the immediate health, safety and well-being of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.

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Aspiration Not Enough to End Genocide: UBCIC Demands Government Action and Accountability for Crisis of MMIWG

News Release
June 3, 2021

Aspiration Not Enough to End Genocide: UBCIC Demands Government Action and Accountability for Crisis of MMIWG 

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/ Vancouver, B.C. – June 3, 2021) The federal government has released a National Action ‘Plan’ on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) that falls painfully short of addressing the culture of genocide that has been created and upheld through their own colonial policies, laws, and systems that perpetuate this violence. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is appalled by the lack of a plan within this document and calls for the development of an Indigenous women led Action Plan with clear timelines, commitments and actions that encompass all levels of government across Canada to end genocide now. 

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UBCIC Mourns with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, Residential School Survivors and all First Nations

News Release
May 27, 2021

UBCIC Mourns with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, Residential School Survivors and all First Nations

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – May 28, 2021) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) mourns with the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc, and with all of the families of the children lost to the Kamloops Indian Residential School, upon hearing the announcement by Tk’emlúps that the remains of children had been found buried on the grounds of the former residential school.

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Severed, Discarded Bear Paws Indicate Cruel, Unlawful Poaching that Violates Game Laws and Indigenous Values

Statement
May 26, 2021

Severed, Discarded Bear Paws Indicate Cruel, Unlawful Poaching that Violates Game Laws and Indigenous Values

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – May 26, 2021) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is appalled and horrified at the gruesome discovery of 80-100 severed bear paws – 20-25 bears in total – near Shuswap Lake on May 23, 2021. The carnage left behind indicates the actions of trophy or commercial poachers who hold a complete lack of respect for wildlife, hunting laws, and the rights of other resource users.

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BC Government must ban fur farming in wake of third COVID-19 outbreak on BC mink farm

May 19, 2021

BC Government must ban fur farming in wake of third COVID-19 outbreak on BC mink farm

First Nations, animal protection groups, epidemiologists call on BC Government to Act with urgency

VANCOUVER--In the wake of a 3rd outbreak of COVID-19 on a factory mink fur farm in British Columbia, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), concerned infectious disease specialists, the BC SPCA, the Fur-Bearers, and Humane Society International/Canada are calling on the BC Government to act now to end fur farming.

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FNLC Rejects MNBC’s claim of Aboriginal Rights in British Columbia

News Release
May 19, 2021

FNLC Rejects MNBC’s claim of Aboriginal Rights in British Columbia

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) rejects the Métis Nation of British Columbia’s (MNBC) claim of Aboriginal Rights throughout BC, including harvesting rights, and the claim they are an Indigenous governing body in the province with equal access to resources. First Nations Chiefs rejected the Métis assertion of rights outlined in the Métis Nation British Columbia Report: A Tale of Two Nations: Highlighting the Inequities of the Treatment of the Métis in BC, through Chiefs’ resolutions at the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs assemblies.

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UBCIC Observes International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Statement
May 17, 2021

UBCIC Observes International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) May 17, 2021. Today the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) observes the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and honours those past and present who have fought to secure universal respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual and Two-Spirited (LGBTQIA2S+) rights and end discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. UBCIC stands in solidarity with Indigenous and non-Indigenous LGBTQIA2S+ communities whose immense bravery and resilience continues to inspire Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island in their fight for equality.

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