Media Advisory of Press Conference: First Nations Leaders Support Canada’s Commitment to Transition from Open Net Cage Fish Farms

MEDIA ADVISORY OF PRESS CONFERENCE: FIRST NATIONS LEADERS SUPPORT CANADA’S COMMITMENT TO TRANSITION FROM OPEN NET CAGE FISH FARMS

What: The First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance (FNWSA) will host representatives from 102 First Nations and organizations from across BC speaking to the upcoming Licensing decision of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans concerning Fish Farm Licenses & the overall state of BC Wild Salmon runs. 

 

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Tangible Commitments Must Accompany Pope’s Decades Late Apology for Residential Schools

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April 1, 2022

Tangible Commitments Must Accompany Pope’s Decades Late Apology for Residential Schools

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – April 1, 2022) Earlier today and following a week of meetings in the Vatican with Indigenous delegates who had traveled from Canada, Pope Francis offered words of apology and regret for the actions of some of the members of the Catholic Church who played a role in the operation of residential schools in Canada between the 1880s and 1996.  More than 150,000 Indigenous children were stolen from their families and communities and forced to attend residential schools where physical, sexual and emotional abuse was rampant.

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Open Letter: UBCIC Resolution 2022-12 “Ending the Criminalization and Human Rights Violations of Indigenous Land Defenders”

Honourable Murray Rankin
Honourable Mike Farnworth
Honourable Marc Miller
Honourable David Eby
Honourable David Lametti
Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino

Open Letter: UBCIC Resolution 2022-13 “Ending the Criminalization and Human Rights Violations of Indigenous Land Defenders”

Dear Ministers,

We are writing with respect to Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) Resolution 2022-13 “Ending the Criminalization and Human Rights Violations of Indigenous Land Defenders” which was presented, affirmed, and endorsed by consensus at the UBCIC Chiefs Council on February 24, 2022 (enclosed).

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UBCIC Demands Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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March 21, 2022

UBCIC Demands Elimination of Racial Discrimination

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – March 21, 2022) Today the world observes the International Day of Eliminating Racial Discrimination, which commemorates the brave efforts of those fighting for peace, equality, and freedom and honours the 69 people that were shot and killed peacefully protesting apartheid “pass laws” in Sharpeville South Africa in 1960. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) honours their legacy of hope and empowerment and continues the work to dismantle the barriers facing Indigenous peoples and other racialized and marginalized communities across Canada and around the globe.

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FNLC Applauds Increased Age for Supports to Youth from Government Care

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March 17, 2022

FNLC Applauds Increased Age for Supports to Youth from Government Care

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) applauds the announcement by the Ministry for Child Development (MCFD) Minister, Mitzi Dean, that youth raised in government care will now be able to access much needed housing, mental health, educational and financial support up until the age of 27, with a commitment of $35 million over the next three years to support this population.

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Open Letter: Investment in the TMX Poses Significant Financial Risks for First Nations

March 15, 2022
First Nations Leadership Via email only

Open Letter: Investment in the TMX Poses Significant Financial Risks for First Nations

Dear First Nations Leadership:

Recent announcements that the new cost of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) has ballooned to $21.4 billion, and that the federal government will not invest further public funds into the project should be a major red flag for anyone considering economic participation or ownership of the controversial pipeline, which is also delayed by at least one year.

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New Graduation Requirement a Powerful Commitment to a more Inclusive and Equitable K-12 Education System

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March 9, 2022

New Graduation Requirement a Powerful Commitment to a more Inclusive and Equitable K-12 Education System

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is celebrating the March 4th announcement by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the BC Ministry of Education introducing a new Indigenous-focused graduation requirement for secondary students in BC schools beginning in the 2023-2024 school year.

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Leading and Inspiring with Power: Honouring the Strength of Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People on International Women’s Day

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March 8, 2022

Leading and Inspiring with Power: Honouring the Strength of Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People on International Women’s Day

(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – March 8, 2022) International Women’s Day (IWD) is not only a reminder to celebrate the remarkable achievements of women around the world, but a critical call to support and protect the sacred roles, responsibilities, and rights of Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people. This IWD, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) honours Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people who are driving forward change and calls upon the public and governments around the globe to support their mission to achieve equality and dismantle all systems and frameworks that perpetuate colonial and gender-based violence.

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