Press Release: UN Rules That Canada's Indian Act Discriminates Against First Nations Women

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UN Rules That Canada's Indian Act Discriminates Against First Nations Women

(Vancouver, January 17, 2019) In a decision released January 14, the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that Canada continues to discriminate against First Nations women and their descendants by denying them the same entitlement to full s. 6(1)(a) status under the Indian Act as First Nations men and their descendants. This long-standing discrimination affects First Nations women's entitlement to status, their right to transmit status, and their equality with First Nations men.

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OPEN LETTER: Canada Must Stop Misleading on Joint Claims Reform and Adequately Fund Specific Claims Research

National Claims Research Directors
c/o 401-312 Main Street Vancouver BC V6A 2T2

Open Letter to Minister Carolyn Bennett:
Canada Must Stop Misleading on Joint Claims Reform and Adequately Fund Specific Claims Research


January 16, 2019
Dear Minister Bennett,

The National Claims Research Directors (NCRD) is a national body of specialized technicians who manage thirty-five Claims Research Units (CRUs) mandated to research and develop specific claims against the federal government. Collectively we have developed and advanced over 1500 claims.

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OPEN LETTER: UBCIC calls upon the RCMP to clarify inaccurate report

January 15, 2019

John W. Brewer
Superintendent, Officer; in Charge
Enhanced Community and Aboriginal Policing Services 
Via email: E_DLT_INFO@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

OPEN LETTER: UBCIC calls upon the RCMP to clarify inaccurate reports

Dear RCMP Division Liaison (DLT):

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) writes today to rectify the erroneous reports from the DLT regarding actions taken by the RCMP during their enforcement of the interim injunction at the Gidimt’en checkpoint on January 7 and ongoing involvement at the site.

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UBCIC Statement of Clarity in Response to Premier Horgan’s Comments on Unist’ot’en

News Release
January 10, 2019

UBCIC Statement of Clarity in Response to Premier Horgan’s Comments on Unist’ot’en

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – January 10, 2019) Yesterday Premier John Horgan provided insufficient and inappropriate comments regarding the ongoing conflict in Wet’suwet’en territory. The Premier took a minimum approach to acceptable provincial standards for engagement with Indigenous peoples, in direct conflict with his government’s commitments to full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration).

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UBCIC Condemns RCMP Intimidation of Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders

News Release

January 6, 2019

UBCIC Condemns RCMP Intimidation of Wet’suwet’en

Land Defenders

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – January 6, 2018) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is gravely concerned about the safety and well-being of the Wet’suwet’en land defenders as the RCMP set up nearby the Gidimt’en camp to enforce the interim injunction from the BC Supreme Court in December 2018, which supports Coastal Gaslink beginning construction on a 700km natural gas pipeline and transformation plant.

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FNLC DEMANDS OVERHAUL OF SYSTEMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

News Release

For Immediate Release

December 12, 2018

FNLC DEMANDS OVERHAUL OF SYSTEMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm(Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/Sel̓ílwith (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver: On Monday Dec.10, the Representative for Children and Youth released the report Alone and Afraid: Lessons learned from the ordeal of a child with special needs and his family, which exposes British Columbia’s deeply flawed system of services to support children with complex needs.

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Indigenous Leaders Unite at Montreal Climate Rally To Stop Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline

Indigenous Leaders Unite at Montreal Climate Rally To Stop Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline

“First Nations in Quebec stand with First Nations in British Columbia. Trans Mountain will not be built. Energy East will never see the light of day.”

For Immediate Release

December 8, 2018, Montreal—As the COP24 climate conference got underway in Poland, Indigenous leaders from British Columbia and Quebec were united front and centre today at the ten-thousand-person climate rally in Montreal, where opposition to the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline is the strongest in the country (Report here). The Indigenous leaders delivered a message of solidarity.

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OPEN LETTER: UBCIC demands apology from PM Trudeau for comments to Secretary-Treasurer Kukpi7 Judy Wilson

December 5, 2018

Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister, Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
Via fax:613-992-4211
Via email: pm@pm.gc.ca 

OPEN LETTER: UBCIC demands apology from PM Trudeau for comments to Secretary-Treasurer Kukpi7 Judy Wilson

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

We are writing to convey our absolute condemnation of your condescending and sexist response to UBCIC Secretary-Treasurer Kukpi7 Judy Wilson yesterday afternoon during the Assembly of First Nations meeting in Ottawa, Ontario.

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