Letter to the Editor: The Courage of Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

February 15, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release No Comments

On February 13, 2019, Premier Horgan took an empowering step forward for this Province with the commitment to introduce legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UNDRIP”). First Nations in BC strongly support Premier Horgan in this regard, and we share his courage to advance us all to prosperity. … Read More

REMINDER -BCAFN HOSTING BUSINESS FORUM IN PRINCE GEORGE FEBRUARY 19TH & 20TH, 2019

February 15, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release No Comments

The BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) will be hosting a First Nations Business Forum in Prince George, BC on February 19th and 20th, 2019. The Chiefs of BC have directed the BCAFN with the mandate to advance the work of the BCAFN First Nations Sustainable Economic and Fiscal Relations Strategy. An important aspect of this strategy is a commitment … Read More

BCAFN REGIONAL CHIEF WELCOMES PROGRESSIVE ACTIONS TOWARD RECONCILIATION IN BC GOVERNMENT THRONE SPEECH

February 13, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release No Comments

(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC – Feb. 13, 2019) – BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) Regional Chief Terry Teegee welcomes the NDP government’s progressive actions identified throughout the 2019 Throne Speech today. Reconciliation is a political priority and the innovative approaches toward both short-term and long-term advances in political, economic, and social sectors … Read More

BCAFN REGIONAL CHIEF SUPPORTS MP JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD

February 12, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release No Comments

The BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) Regional Chief Terry Teegee supports MP Jody Wilson-Raybould’s decision to resign from the federal Liberal cabinet as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense. The loss of an integral and powerful member of government signals serious upheaval in the Canadian government’s Liberal party, and … Read More

UN International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 shines a spotlight on the fight to save and preserve Indigenous languages in BC and across Canada

January 28, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release No Comments

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver: Today, representatives from the First Nations Leadership Council and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council attended the official global launch of the Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019) at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.  The event gathered high-level governmental officials, Indigenous peoples, civil society, academia, media, information and memory organizations, United Nations agencies, … Read More

First Nations Leadership Council concerned about Federal Cabinet Shuffle and New Direction in Relationship

January 18, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver: The First Nations Leadership Council is deeply concerned that the recent shuffle in the federal Liberal cabinet signals a wavering commitment to addressing Canada’s colonial history and to realizing a true nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced adjustments to the government cabinet on January 14, 2019 with … Read More

BCAFN Concerned about the RCMP Injunction Enforcement

January 7, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release

The BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is expressing concern, along with a growing number of leaders and citizens, regarding the increasingly volatile situation developing in northern BC between the RCMP and First Nations protesting the TransCanada Coastal GasLink project. First Nations citizens, as all Canadian citizens, have a right to protest in a peaceful and safe manner. First … Read More

FIRST NATIONS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL DEMANDS OVERHAUL OF SYSTEMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

December 12, 2018By Annette SchroeterPress Release

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. Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Union of BC … Read More

FIRST NATIONS LEADERS GATHER IN OTTAWA FOR AFN SPECIAL CHIEFS’ ASSEMBLY

December 10, 2018By Annette SchroeterPress Release

Chiefs from British Columbia, including Regional Chief Terry Teegee, travelled to unceded Algonquin Territory last week to conduct business at the Assembly of First Nations’ Special Chiefs Assembly. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) advocates on behalf of First Nations on issues such as treaties, Indigenous rights, land and resources. They have the authority to … Read More

BCAFN WELCOMES BRITISH COLUMBIA’S CLEANBC PLAN

December 7, 2018By Annette SchroeterPress Release

The government of British Columbia’s recent announcement of their CleanBC plan is welcomed by the BC Assembly of First Nations. It is necessary and timely to address the mounting devastating impacts of climate change. First Nations in BC will need to be part of the transition to the low carbon economy. Regional Chief Teegee said, … Read More