Human Rights Tribunal Rejects Attempt to Derail UBCIC’s Challenge to Liver Transplant Discrimination

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September 22, 2022

Human Rights Tribunal Rejects Attempt to Derail UBCIC’s Challenge to Liver Transplant Discrimination

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – September 22, 2022) The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) has rejected an attempt by BC health authorities to dismiss UBCIC’s representative complaint against discriminatory access to liver transplants for Indigenous patients.  The Provincial Health Services Authority, the BC Transplant Society and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority are respondents in that complaint.

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Grand Chief Stewart Phillip Re-elected President of UBCIC

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September 15, 2022

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip Re-elected President of UBCIC

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – September 15, 2022) Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has been re-elected by acclamation to his ninth consecutive three-year term as President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), a position he has served for the past twenty-four years.

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Experts Raise Concerns with MCFD’s Sweeping Funding and Framework Shifts for Children and Youth with Disabilities; Instead, Need Co-Developed, Evidence Based Model

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September 14, 2022

Experts Raise Concerns with MCFD’s Sweeping Funding and Framework Shifts for Children and Youth with Disabilities; Instead, Need Co-Developed, Evidence Based Model

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) First Nations leaders, the Representative for Children and Youth, advocacy organizations, experts, and parents spoke to media today raising concerns with Premier Horgan and the Government of British Columbia’s rollout of “family connections centres” for children and youth with disabilities, and instead called on the Province to co-develop a transformed and evidence-based framework for funding and services.

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First Nations Leadership Council Marks the End of Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign; Calls on King Charles III to Renounce the Doctrine of Discovery

Statement

September 9, 2022

For Immediate Release

First Nations Leadership Council Marks the End of Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign; Calls on King Charles III to Renounce the Doctrine of Discovery

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) acknowledges the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. She was the longest reigning monarch in the history of the British Crown, and the FNLC offers condolences to her family as they grieve. Queen Elizabeth’s successor, King Charles III takes on a great responsibility as the representative of the Crown, with whom all Indigenous peoples in Canada have a direct relationship. The FNLC believes his first official act must be renunciation of the Doctrine of Discovery.

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The BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), Pivot Legal Society, #Justice for Jared, The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and the family of Haida Elder Jimmie Johannesson announce calls to action five months after Surrey RCMP Fatality

The BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), Pivot Legal Society, #Justice for Jared, The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and the family of Haida Elder Jimmie Johannesson announce calls to action five months after Surrey RCMP Fatality

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(Unceded territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Stz’uminus, Sto:lo, and Tsawwassen First Nations/Surrey, B.C. – September 8, 2022) A coalition of advocates is coming together today to mark the 5-month anniversary of Jimmie Johannesson’s death and to join Jimmie’s sister Ruby Marks in demanding that BC and Canada urgently reform policing. 

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UBCIC Shares Condolences with James Smith Cree Nation Stabbing Victims; Calls for Immediate End to Violence

Statement
September 6, 2022

UBCIC Shares Condolences with James Smith Cree Nation Stabbing Victims; Calls for Immediate End to Violence

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – September 6, 2022) A shelter in place alert has been issued to residents of James Smith Cree Nation after a possible sighting of Myles Sanderson who is accused of killing 10 people and injuring 18 others in a brutal mass stabbing along with his deceased brother Damien Sanderson.

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International Overdose Awareness Day: UBCIC Calls for Urgent Action by All Levels of Government

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August 31, 2022

International Overdose Awareness Day: UBCIC Calls for Urgent Action by All Levels of Government

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – August 31, 2022) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) observes International Overdose Awareness Day and mourns the over 10,000 lives lost to drug poisoning since April 2016.

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B.C. government misleading public about old growth

PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 30 2022

B.C. government misleading public about old growth

Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and Stand.earth renew calls on the provincial government to immediately stop logging in the most at-risk old growth forests in light of latest investigation findings

səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Territories (Vancouver, BC) — Stand.earth released an investigative report today that reveals the extent of the B.C. government’s inaction on old growth, which has allowed the ongoing destruction of some of the most ancient, rare old growth forests across the province – all in areas that it announced it intended to stop logging last November. The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and Stand.earth are renewing calls on the provincial government to act immediately to stop logging in the most at-risk old growth forests. 

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