Statement following the 5th annual B.C. Cabinet and First Nations Leaders’ Gathering

For Immediate Release
Nov. 30, 2018

Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
BC Assembly of First Nations
First Nations Summit
Union of BC Indian Chiefs

Statement following 5th annual B.C. Cabinet and First Nations Leaders’ Gathering

Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; Kukpi7 Judy Wilson of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs; Regional Chief Terry Teegee of the BC Assembly of First Nations; and Robert Phillips of the First Nations Summit have issued the following statement on the final day of the B.C. Cabinet and First Nations Leaders’ Gathering in Vancouver on Coast Salish Territory:

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UBCIC Congratulates Grand Chief Stewart Phillip on Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from UBC

News Release
November 29, 2018

UBCIC Congratulates Grand Chief Stewart Phillip on Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from UBC

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – November 29, 2018) UBCIC President Grand Chief Stewart Phillip was recognized yesterday with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia for his life-long advocacy and work.

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B.C. government, First Nations will share gaming revenue, co-develop legislation to implement UN declaration

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For Immediate Release 2018PREM0144-002301

Nov. 29, 2018

Office of the Premier
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
BC Assembly of First Nations
First Nations Summit
Union of BC Indian Chiefs

B.C. government, First Nations will share gaming revenue, co-develop legislation to implement UN declaration

COAST SALISH TERRITORIES/VANCOUVER - B.C. First Nations will share in provincial gaming revenue to support self-government, strong, healthy communities, and services that make life better for families. This funding will be a central piece of Budget 2019 to support reconciliation.

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National Inquiry into MMIWG “A Complete Waste of Time” Unless It Dramatically Transforms Power Structures

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November 28, 2018

National Inquiry into MMIWG “A Complete Waste of Time” Unless It Dramatically Transforms Power Structures – UBCIC 

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – November 28, 2018) On Monday Union of BC Indian Chiefs Secretary Treasurer Kupki7 Judy Wilson told the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls to hold the Canadian state, in all its forms, accountable for “gross acts of violence, injustice, purposeful marginalization, and exclusion.”

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How the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can be implemented in BC law, policy and practices

How the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can be implemented in BC law, policy and practices — new report

(Coast Salish Territories/ Vancouver) A report released today outlines for the first time what implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples could and should look like in BC law, policy and practices; the BC government has explicitly committed to adopt and implement the UN Declaration. 

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Open Letter: Canada’s Failure to Meet the Legislated Three-Year Deadline to Respond to Specific Claims

Open Letter to Minister Carolyn Bennett

Canada’s Failure to Meet the Legislated Three-Year Deadline to Respond to Specific Claims

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs

November 26, 2018

Dear Minister Bennett,

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs writes today to present the enclosed report prepared by the BC Specific Claims Working Group on your government’s repeated failure to meet its legislated timelines to assess specific claims and notify Indigenous Nations, and to call on you to take immediate action on the report’s recommendations.

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UBCIC expresses sincere condolences on the sudden passing of Chief Harry St. Denis

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – November 16, 2018) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) offers our sincere sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the St. Denis familyand to the Wolf Lake First Nation for the great loss of Algonquin Chief Harry St. Denis. He will be deeply missed not only by his family and friends, but by all of us across the country who had the privilege of knowing and working with him over many decades.

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Newly Introduced Environmental Assessment Bill Goes Beyond the Status Quo and Marks Important Step in First Nation - BC Relations

News Release

 For Immediate Release

November 5, 2018

Newly Introduced Environmental Assessment Bill Goes Beyond the Status Quo and Marks Important Step in
First Nation - BC Relations

 Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver: The First Nations Leadership Council recognizes the significant improvements made by Bill 51 Environmental Assessment Act, which was introduced today, and begins to make space for proper relations between Indigenous laws and legal orders and those of the Crown.

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