(Secwepemc Territory/Kamloops, BC – June 30, 2017) At the invitation of Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, the BC NDP have been asked to form the next provincial government of British Columbia. On this historic day, the BC Assembly of First Nations looks forward to working with Premier-designate John Horgan and his team on a range of critical issues facing First Nations in BC. In particular, BCAFN will continue to advocate for recognition of Aboriginal Title and Rights, and the implementation of the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
With the support of the three Green MLAs, a BC NDP-governed British Columbia has the opportunity to fundamentally change the relationship between the Crown and BC First Nations. The election saw a record number of First Nations elected to the Legislature, and also saw First Nations voting in record numbers. After 7 long weeks, First Nations and all British Columbians can celebrate this exciting new chapter in BC’s history.
Acting Regional Chief Maureen Chapman stated, “As we continue on the path towards meaningful reconciliation, a number of legislative and policy areas will require innovative and inclusive solutions that recognize, respect, and honour First Nations Title, Rights, and Treaty Rights. I am committed to working in partnership with the BC NDP government to ensure our equal and rightful place at the table as decision makers to guarantee substantive improvements on issues that continue to affect our people and our territories across this vast and beautiful province.”
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For further information contact:
A/Regional Chief Maureen Chapman
BC Assembly of First Nations