Nearly $200 million transferred to new First Nations revenue-sharing body

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For Immediate Release
2019IRR0044-001589
August 12, 2019
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
First Nations Leadership Council


Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
First Nations Leadership Council


Nearly $200 million transferred to new First Nations revenue-sharing body


VICTORIA - This month, eligible First Nations in B.C. will start signing up to receive their share of new revenue that will support self-government and self-determination, strong, healthy communities and services that make life better for families.

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OPEN LETTER: Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) Policy Not to Test for the Piscine Orthorevirus (PRV) Before Transferring Atlantic Salmon to the Open-Net Fish Farms (the PRV Policy)

August 12, 2019 

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Via Email: min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca 

OPEN LETTER: Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) Policy Not to Test for the Piscine Orthorevirus (PRV) Before Transferring Atlantic Salmon to the Open-Net Fish Farms (the PRV Policy) 

Dear Minister Wilkinson: 

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) writes in support of the ‘Namgis First Nation’s position that the DFO should prohibit introductions of Atlantic salmon infected with PRV into open-net fish farms. The scientific evidence continues to show that PRV was likely introduced to British Columbia (BC) from Europe and is a foreign virus that can cause significant harm to populations of native, wild Pacific salmon.  Unfortunately, the DFO continues to ignore this risk even though it is unassailable: 

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UBCIC Supports the Gitanyow in their Appeal and Calls for All First Nations’ Rights to be Respected Equally

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August 2 2019

UBCIC Supports the Gitanyow in their Appeal and Calls for
All First Nations’ Rights to be Respected Equally

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – August 2, 2019) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is applying for leave to the BC Court of Appeal to intervene in a critical case being advanced by the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs. In the case under appeal, Gamlaxyeltxw v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations), the Hereditary Chiefs continue to defend the Aboriginal title and rights of the Gitanyow people.

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UBCIC Calls on the Government of BC to uphold Tsilhqot’in Rights

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July 29, 2019

UBCIC Calls on the Government of BC to uphold Tsilhqot’in Rights and protect Teẑtan Biny and Yanah Biny

(Coast Salish Territory / Vancouver, B.C. – July 29, 2019) For over two decades the Tsilhqot’in have battled to keep Taseko Mines Ltd. (TML) from destroying Teẑtan Biny and Yanah Biny with TML’s plan to create an open pit mine on a place of profound cultural and spiritual significance. Both TML and TNG have filed injunctions in B.C. Supreme Court and are in court today and tomorrow.

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LEADERSHIP COUNCIL WELCOMES DECLARATION OF GLOBAL CLIMATE EMERGENCY ISSUED BY AFN

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July 24, 2019

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL WELCOMES DECLARATION OF GLOBAL CLIMATE EMERGENCY ISSUED BY AFN

(Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet) Territory, Fredericton, NB – July 24, 2019) – The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) welcomes the declaration of a Global Climate Emergency, approved yesterday by unanimous resolution [Resolution #06/2019] from the Chiefs-in-Assembly at the 40th AGA of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). The Declaration builds on the leadership already being shown by First Nations across Canada who are on the front lines of the climate emergency, including those in BC.

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OPEN LETTER: The Sacred Ground of Mauna Kea and the Rights of the Kanaka Maoli Must be Honoured

July 23, 2019   

The Honorable David Y. Ige

The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau

OPEN LETTER: The Sacred Ground of Mauna Kea and the Rights of the Kanaka Maoli Must be Honoured

Dear Governor David Ige and Prime Minister Trudeau,

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) stands in solidarity with the Kanaka Maoli relatives and the people of Hawaii fighting to protect the sacred Mauna Kea from the intrusion of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), a project that has received $234 million in funding from the Canadian government and support from various Canadian universities.

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Fraser River Salmon State of Emergency: BC First Nations urge swift action to save Fraser River salmon runs at risk due to Big Bar rockslide

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July 12, 2019

Fraser River Salmon State of Emergency: 
BC First Nations urge swift action to save Fraser River salmon runs at risk due to Big Bar rockslide 

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver) BC First Nations are expressing grave concern over the possibility of significant losses to critical salmon runs on the Fraser River which are at risk due to the Big Bar rockslide that occurred in late June, and are calling on provincial and federal governments to take immediate action and prioritize saving the jeopardized salmon

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Follow-up report Canada’s Conduct at the Specific Claims Tribunal and the Need for Reform

July 4, 2019

Dear Mr. Matiation,

The BC Specific Claims Working Group (BCSCWG) writes today to present its follow-up report Canada’s Conduct at the Specific Claims Tribunal and the Need for Reform which analyzes First Nations’ feedback on Canada’s behaviour at the Tribunal and argues that the challenges with Canada’s conduct at this body are a result of institutionalized and systemic bias that exists across specific claims processes as a whole.

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