UBCIC Marks Premier John Horgan’s Five Years of Leadership, Renews Calls to NDP Government

Press Release
November 17, 2022

UBCIC Marks Premier John Horgan’s Five Years of Leadership, Renews Calls to NDP Government

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – November 17, 2022) On Honourable John Horgan’s last day as Premier of BC, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) acknowledges his leadership and looks to the BC NDP and premier-designate David Eby to carry forward the work of reconciliation and full recognition of Indigenous Title and Rights.

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They Sigh or Give You the Look: Discrimination and Status Card Usage

Press Release
November 15, 2022

Study reveals that more than 99% of Indigenous people surveyed in BC have faced discrimination when using their Indian status card

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – Indian status card holders face stigma and discrimination on a daily basis when presenting them at stores or to officials, according to a landmark study commissioned by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

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OPEN LETTER: UBCIC concerned that Canada and BC are prioritizing fish farm industry over wild salmon

November 9, 2022

OPEN LETTER: UBCIC concerned that Canada and BC are prioritizing fish farm industry over wild salmon

Dear Minister Murray and Minister Osborne,

We urge you to take decisive action and remove all open net-pen fish farms from BC waters as soon as possible. Wild salmon are rapidly declining, and the science is clear - open net-pen aquaculture spreads diseases, viruses, and waste, and devastates wild salmon stocks. Instead of delivering on its mandate to transition from open net-pen farms in BC waters by 2025, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has released a fish farm transition plan process that abandons the precautionary principle and disregards First Nations Title and Rights. Instead of pushing the federal government to act, the Province of BC is delaying the urgent transition of all fish farms to land.

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UBCIC Remembers Hereditary Chief Madeek, Gidimt'en Clan Leader and Land Defender

Statement
November 9, 2022

UBCIC Remembers Hereditary Chief Madeek, Gidimt'en Clan Leader and Land Defender

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – November) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) mourns the passing of Chief Madeek (Jeff Brown), hereditary leader of the Gidimt'en clan, who will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to Wet’suwet’en Title and Rights and his ardent protection of the lands and waters for future generations to come. He stood fiercely and proudly opposed to the Coastal GasLink LNG Expansion Pipeline in order to protect the lands and waters.

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Re: UBCIC Urges Mayor Elect Sim and Vancouver City Council to not Adopt IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

November 3, 2022
Ken Sim, ABC Party
Mayor-Elect, City of Vancouver
Via Email Only: [email protected]

Re: UBCIC Urges Mayor Elect Sim and Vancouver City Council to not Adopt IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

Dear Mayor-Elect Sim and Incoming Vancouver City Council,

We are writing to express our grave concerns regarding the ABC campaign promise to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, and ask you to not proceed.

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UBCIC Statement on the Passing of Chief Roger Adolph

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November 4, 2022

UBCIC Statement on the Passing of Chief Roger Adolph

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – November 4, 2022) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) offers our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Adolph family and the people of St’at’imc Xaxli’p for the loss of Timicwus; Roger Adolph, prominent leader, former chief, and champion boxer. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and all those who had the privilege to stand alongside him as he fought for Indigenous rights.

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Every Child Matters: FNLC calls on Canada to reengage with negotiating parties in light of the CHRT’s decision regarding the Final Settlement Agreement

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Date: October 26, 2022

Every Child Matters: FNLC calls on Canada to reengage with negotiating parties in light of the CHRT’s decision regarding the Final Settlement Agreement

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

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has released its decision regarding the Final Settlement Agreement (“FSA”) regarding compensation for the victim/survivor class members of the child welfare system. There were two key aspects of the CHRT’s decision, one is confirmation that not all classes of victims/survivors are covered by the FSA. In addition, the CHRT found that the FSA did not fully satisfy the Tribunal’s orders because categories of victims/survivors had been removed.

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FNLC Supports City of Vancouver’s UNDRIP Task Force; Calls on all BC Municipalities to Follow City of Vancouver’s Example on Implementation of UN Declaration

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October 19, 2022

FNLC Supports City of Vancouver’s UNDRIP Task Force; Calls on all BC Municipalities to Follow City of Vancouver’s Example on Implementation of UN Declaration

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) This morning, the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation presented their final report to Vancouver City Council as part of the City of Vancouver’sUnited Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Task Force.

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