UBCIC Welcomes Chief Don Tom as the New UBCIC Vice-President

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June 19, 2019                                                                               

UBCIC Welcomes Chief Don Tom as the New UBCIC Vice-President

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – June 19, 2019) On June 17, 2019, the UBCIC Chiefs Council elected Chief Don Tom, Tsartlip First Nation, as Vice-President of the UBCIC.

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Canada Approves TMX Despite Failing to Achieve Consent: Declaration of Climate Emergency Rings Hollow

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June 18, 2019

Canada Approves TMX Despite Failing to Achieve Consent: Declaration of Climate Emergency Rings Hollow

(Traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)- June 18, 2019) - In spite of today’s federal cabinet approval of the controversial project, Indigenous leaders from across BC remain staunchly opposed to the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) and have vowed that it will never get built.  The federal government was forced to redo consultation with First Nations after a unanimous Federal Court of Appeal quashed a 2016 approval “falling well below the mark” on meaningful consultation set by the Supreme Court of Canada.

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MEDIA ADVISORY OF PRESS CONFERENCE: Indigenous leadership will respond to Canada’s decision on TMX

MEDIA ADVISORY OF PRESS CONFERENCE: Indigenous leadership in BC will respond to Canada’s decision on TMX, joined by Mayor Kennedy Stewart

WHAT:Canada will announce their decision today regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.  Indigenous leadership in BC opposed to the pipeline expansion will hold a press conference to respond. 

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Conservative Senators’ Filibustering Threatens the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

FIRST NATIONS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL AND THE BC FEDERATION OF LABOUR

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June 10, 2019

Conservative Senators’ Filibustering Threatens the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) and the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) are deeply frustrated by recent attempts to filibuster and delay Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Indigenous leaders, community groups, students rally against Trans Mountain pipeline ahead of cabinet decision

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Indigenous leaders, community groups, students rally against Trans Mountain pipeline ahead of cabinet decision

9 June 2019, Unceded Coast Salish Territory, (VANCOUVER, BC) — With little over a week left until the federal government makes its decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project, Indigenous leaders and [add estimate number] supporters gathered in Vancouver to send a message to the Prime Minister and his Cabinet. Despite opposition from First Nations along the pipeline and tanker route, as well as the absurdity of building new fossil fuel infrastructure in a climate crisis, the federal government is expected to once again approve the pipeline.

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Letter to B.C. premier on CleanBC accountability

June 6, 2019

Hon. John Horgan, MLA
Premier and President of the Executive Council
West Annex, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC  V8V 1X4

Dear Premier Horgan:

Re: Embedding transparency and accountability in B.C. climate action

With the CleanBC plan, the B.C. government has committed to the development of a climate accountability framework. We are pleased this framework is a part of CleanBC, as accountability will help ensure the long-term success of the strategy; get B.C. on track to achieve its climate targets; fulfill Canada’s commitment to new relationship with Indigenous peoples based on the “recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership”; and reinstate the province as a global climate leader.

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National Inquiry into MMIWG Report Release: We Demand Immediate Action from Canada

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June 3, 2019

National Inquiry into MMIWG Report Release: We Demand Immediate Action from Canada

(Algonquin Territory/Gatineau, QC – June 3, 2019) - Violence against Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people continues to devastate families and communities across Turtle Island. Today, as the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls releases its final report, the Coalition on MMIWG2S in BC calls on the federal and provincial governments to take immediate action in implementing the recommendations of this report.

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UBCIC Denounces The RCMP’s Treatment of Sexual Assault Victim and Demands Immediate Justice

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May 22nd, 2019

UBCIC Denounces The RCMP’s Treatment of Sexual Assault Victim and Demands Immediate Justice

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – May 22nd, 2019) Last week, APTN released disturbing video footage from 2012 of an RCMP officer abusively interrogating an Indigenous youth who had reported a sexual assault.

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