MEPs: Canada’s unprecedented commitments on indigenous rights await vigorous implementation

November 8, 2018By Annette SchroeterNews No Comments

Eight Members of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights visited Canada from 29 October to 2 November. After the visit, the Chair of the Subcommittee Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT) made the following statement: “Our delegation visited Canada to have an exchange on human rights challenges and to learn more about the human rights … Read More

Newly Introduced Environmental Assessment Bill Goes Beyond the Status Quo and Marks Important Step in First Nation – BC Relations

November 8, 2018By Annette SchroeterPress Release No Comments

The First Nations Leadership Council recognizes the significant improvements made by Bill 51 Environmental Assessment Act, which was introduced today, and begins to make space for proper relations between Indigenous laws and legal orders and those of the Crown. Importantly, the legislation supports Indigenous Nations carrying out their own environmental assessment processes and supports implementation … Read More

BCAFN CONGRATULATES THE TSILHQ0T’IN NATION AS THEY FORGE A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH CANADA

November 2, 2018By Annette SchroeterPress Release No Comments

The British Columbia Assembly of First Nations would like to congratulate the people of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation as they honour the truth to forge a new relationship with Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins the Tŝilhqot’in people in a healing event held today recognizing six Tŝilhqot’in War Chiefs as heroes. The ceremony will acknowledge the … Read More

Annual General Meeting Webcast

October 23, 2018By webmasterNews No Comments

The BC Assembly of First Nations is pleased to be holding it’s 15th Annual General meeting this week in Vancouver. BC Chiefs will be gathering in Musqueam territory, at the Musqueam Community Centre, to attend this three day (October 22-24) event. Each day begins at 9:00 AM. Critical issues to be discussed include: governance, legislation … Read More

Recent Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture is a Wake-Up Call

October 11, 2018By webmasterPress Release

(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George BC – October 11, 2018) – The British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) Is calling for a thorough review of all aging pipeline infrastructure in BC.  On Tuesday, October 9 an Enbridge natural gas pipeline located north of Prince George, ruptured and exploded approximately two kilometres from Lheidli T’enneh community also known as … Read More

BC First Nations call on Canada and BC for immediate action to restore and protect wild salmon populations

September 24, 2018By webmasterPress Release

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver: BC First Nations gathered last week at the Wild Salmon Summit in Musqueam Territory to discuss and express continuing frustration over the federal and provincial governments’ current, inadequate strategies to protect, enhance and manage wild salmon. Salmon runs, which were historically abundant, have been diminished to a point where many First … Read More

Court of Appeal Decision a Wakeup Call

September 4, 2018By webmasterNews

(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC – Aug 31, 2018) – Yesterday the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the decision by the Trudeau government that approved the Kinder Morgan TransMountain Expansion Pipeline.  It is an important decision for First Nations who have been fighting a flawed National Energy Board process, and a broader issue of First Nations exclusion from … Read More

BC First Nations Leadership Council calls on Provincial Government to intervene with respect to Taseko Mines drilling in Tsilhqot’in Territory

August 29, 2018By webmasterPress Release

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver, BC: Last week, the British Columbia Supreme Court dismissed the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s legal challenge to halt Taseko Mine Ltd.’s (TML) extensive drilling and excavation program in Tsilhqot’in Title Territory throughout the Teztan Biny and Nabas region. The BC First Nations Leadership Council strongly supports the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s call for the Provincial … Read More