(Secwepemc Territory/Kamloops, BC) – November 16, 2017 In his first 30 days in office as BCAFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee has hit the ground running, immediately engaging with First Nations and a wide variety of provincial and national leaders on his platform and vision for the BCAFN and for BC First Nations.
Regional Chief Terry Teegee holds the national portfolios on economic development and justice. In his first month, Regional Chief Terry Teegee has worked to advance his vision for economic development by meeting with the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and the Hon. Bruce Ralston, BC’s Minister of Jobs, Trade, and Technology. As part of his platform, the Regional Chief is committed to advocating for on substantive revenue options for First Nations, and for the recognition and implementation of the economic component of Aboriginal Title and Rights. To this end, Regional Chief Terry Teegee has also participated in AFN Executive discussions on the renegotiation of NAFTA and the Canada-USA softwood lumber agreement.
With respect to the justice portfolio, the Regional Chief has been a strong advocate for Indigenous women and girls, and recently issued a statement regarding the interim report on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and participated at the 2nd BCAFN Women’s Dialogue Session which brought together female leaders to dialogue around priorities and strategic approaches with respect to advocating and advancing the well-being of Indigenous women and girls. The Regional Chief will be meeting with the federal, provincial and territorial heads of corrections at the Heads of Corrections Engagement Dialogue to discuss Indigenous Strategic Plans and Programs in correctional institutions across Canada.
In his first month Regional Chief Terry Teegee has met with the First Nations Leadership Council and various First Nations Organizations to discuss issues ranging from children and families’ jurisdiction, gaming revenue sharing, environmental assessment issues and the Tripartite Education Framework Agreement renewal discussions. Regional Chief Terry Teegee has also made efforts to engage with BC First Nations impacted by wildfires and will continue to urge governments for meaningful support, improved coordination and recovery efforts.
Regional Chief Terry Teegee said, “It is an exciting time to be part of reconciliation with Canada and BC. Our upcoming meetings in Ottawa I will work to secure BC First Nations interests and strategies at the national level. First Nations in BC must be critical players in reforming provincial and federal laws and policies to be compliant with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” Regional Chief Terry Teegee added, “We have a lot of work ahead of us and I look forward to working with our Chiefs, leaders, partners and Canadians to secure meaningful changes to improve our lives.”
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