UBCIC 53rd ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY (VIRTUAL)
SEPTEMBER 27TH – 29TH, 2021
FINAL NOTICE, UPDATED AGENDA WITH GUEST SPEAKERS, DIGITAL KIT,
HOW TO WIN AN IPAD AND SIGNED BOOKS
September 24, 2021
Dear Chiefs Council, sister organizations, and friends:
The 53rd Annual General Assembly (AGA) will take place September 27th - September 29th, 2021 with registration door prizes each day. The theme this year is “Truth, Justice and Reconciliation” and we are pleased to be joined by Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir and the language and cultural department from Tk’emlúps te Secwépemec to sing the Secwepemc Honour Song for the children, as preparation for the very first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. We invite meeting attendees to wear orange to raise awareness about the ongoing intergenerational impacts of Indian Residential Schools, and to honour survivors and veterans, their families, and all the children who were forced to attend. Because it is the AGA, we respectfully ask members to register and attend to address organizational business such as passing the audit and accepting minutes from the previous year, as well as setting mandates for the upcoming year.
Attached, please find a proxy template letter as well as a membership letter. Please contact Tracy Point ([email protected] or 604-831-4265) if you have not yet renewed your membership for the current fiscal. Per the UBCIC Constitution and Bylaws, only members in good standing in the current fiscal year (April 1st 2021 to March 31st 2022) may speak from the floor or vote on resolutions brought forward during the meeting.
UBCIC is offering three chances to win at this year's AGA for Chiefs and Proxies. At the end of each day, the UBCIC will draw a name from among those attendance to win a selection of fantastic door prizes including signed copies of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s new book "Indian" in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power, and a grand prize 10.2 inch iPad!
Join the virtual AGA each day for your chance to win!
Pre-registration: Everyone must pre-register for the UBCIC Chiefs Council Zoom meeting. Pre-registration is required to receive the unique Zoom meeting link. Registration helps staff track meeting delegates (chiefs, proxies, representatives), speakers and observers.
Please PRE-REGISTER here as soon as possible and no later than 4:00 pm on September 25th, 2021, to receive your meeting link. Be sure to use an email address that you can access as needed.
Registration Confirmation: Once you have submitted the online registration form, you will receive an email within 48 hours indicating that your registration has been confirmed. If you have indicated that your community is not currently in good standing (membership dues owing), please contact Tracy Point ([email protected]) to arrange for payment.
Zoom meeting link: Only those who register in advance for the UBCIC Chiefs Council meeting will receive their unique Zoom meeting link via email. This will be sent with your confirmation email and again the day prior to the meeting. Please retain the email with the link as it will be required to join the meeting.
Registration Support: Please direct any registration questions or concerns to Angie Bain, Registration Lead ([email protected]).
An updated draft agenda is attached for your review. Special guests include Dr. Gabor Maté, world-renowned expert on addiction, stress and childhood development, who will lead an interactive discussion on the opioid crisis. Hon. Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, will also be in attendance and will provide reflections. The meeting will feature Indigenous candidates from the 2021 federal election who will share their reflections on their campaigns and the election outcomes. The meeting will also have an expert panel of scientists discussing cumulative impacts to salmon watersheds and will feature panels on key issues such as wildfires, COVID-19, and unmarked burial sites at Indian Residential Schools. We will be joined by Minister Whiteside (Education), Minister Conroy (FLNRORD), Minister Rankin (MIRR), and Parliamentary Secretary Singh (Anti-Racism Initiatives). We are pleased to also be joined by Jagmeet Singh, MP and Leader of the NDP.
MEETING LOGISTICS, RESOLUTIONS AND MATERIALS
Meeting materials will be available in advance for download from our website, rather than provided in hard copy; instructions are below this notice. A draft resolution package will be emailed to delegates once ready with supporting documents. We are pleased to inform you that travel and accommodation expenses to the nearest location possible may be provided for UBCIC Chiefs or Chiefs’ proxy if they do not have the required bandwidth or Wi-Fi infrastructure required to connect remotely from your home/community. Please contact Mildred Chartrand ([email protected]) if you wish to do so and require assistance booking a hotel. Alternatively, you will be able to participate by phone.