Notice: Cancellation of May UBCIC Chiefs Council Meeting

Dear UBCIC Chiefs Council,

Attached and below, please find correspondence from the UBCIC Executive notifying you that the scheduled May 20-21 UBCIC Chiefs Council meeting has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  This notice is being sent via email only, and will be posted on our website.

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OPEN LETTER: Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Must be Halted Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health

Honourable John Horgan
Premier of Executive Council

Honourable Adrian Dix
Minster of Health

OPEN LETTER: Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Must be Halted Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Hajdu, Premier Horgan, and Minister Dix,

We urge you to act swiftly to protect the public’s health from the heightened risks of COVID-19 transmission posed by ongoing construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project. Most vulnerable to the spread will be frontline healthcare workers, project workers, and local Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities forced to shoulder the consequences for any disregard for health and safety.

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OPEN LETTER: Call for the Halting of Site C Construction Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Honourable John Horgan Premier of Executive Council
Honourable Adrian Dix
Minster of Health

OPEN LETTER: Call for the Halting of Site C Construction Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Premier Horgan and Minister Dix:

We are writing to request that immediate action be taken to compel BC Hydro to halt all construction at Site C Dam due to the risk COVID-19 now poses to vulnerable workers and nearby Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in northeast B.C.

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OPEN LETTER: UBCIC demands immediate release of all non-violent offenders as part of COVID-19 pandemic response and emergency state of Indigenous incarceration

Honourable David Lametti
Minister of Justice & Attorney General  
of Canada
Honourable Bill Blair
Minister of Public Safety &
Emergency Preparedness
Honourable David Eby
Attorney General

Honourable Mike Farnworth
Minister of Public Safety and
Solicitor General

OPEN LETTER: UBCIC demands immediate release of all non-violent offenders as part of COVID-19 pandemic response and emergency state of Indigenous incarceration

Dear Ministers,

Dr. Ivan Zinger, Canada’s Chief Correctional Officer, has called the current rates of Indigenous incarceration in Canada a national travesty, with nearly 1/3 of all inmates in Federal custody being Indigenous. In response to the growing rates of Indigenous people being sentenced to custody, the UBCIC Chiefs Council presented, affirmed and endorsed unanimously UBCIC Resolution 2020-03, “Call for Action to Declare Indigenous Incarceration Rates a State of Emergency” (attached), on February 27, 2020.

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THE TIME IS NOW! Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must immediately declare a National State of Emergency

Press Release
For Immediate Release
March 23, 2020

THE TIME IS NOW!
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must immediately declare a National State of Emergency

(xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, BC – March 23, 2020):

The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately declare a national state of emergency in response to the COVID-19, before the pandemic sweeps through Canada’s most vulnerable communities, including First Nations.

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Canada Must Implement Clearer, Stronger Measures to Protect First Nations and all Canadians from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic 

Press Release
For Immediate Release
March 17, 2020

Canada Must Implement Clearer, Stronger Measures to Protect First Nations and all Canadians from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic 

(xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl = ilwətaʔɬ/sel= ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, BC – Mar.17, 2020): The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) acknowledges the efforts underway in addressing the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19); however, we strongly urge the federal government to escalate its response and implement clearer, stronger, and quicker measures to support vulnerable First Nation and Canadian communities. Given the continuously evolving nature of COVID-19 and the systemic social and economic inequalities that will leave Indigenous populations and other marginalized communities more susceptible to the disease, Canada must immediately move beyond social-distancing measures.

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FNLC Urges Coordinated and Joint Action in Dealing with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

Press Release
For Immediate Release
March 13, 2020


FNLC Urges Coordinated and Joint Action in Dealing with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

(xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl= ilwətaʔɬ/sel= ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, BC – Mar.13, 2020): The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) urges the federal and provincial governments and First Nations to take every precaution and prepare for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic that has spread throughout the world and Canada.

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FNLC Statement to Participants of the All Chiefs’ Meeting on Shared Territories and Overlaps

RE: Cancellation of March 12 Afternoon and March 13 Sessions

March 12, 2020

After careful consideration of prevailing medical guidance, the First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is cancelling the remaining sessions of the All Chiefs’ Meeting on Shared Territories and Overlaps due to the increasing risks associated with COVID-19.

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