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

First Nations’ National Guardians Gathering: Indigenous Leadership Initiative – Save the Date March 12 & 13!

February 5, 2019By Annette SchroeterAnnouncement No Comments

Save the Date! Date: March 12 and 13, 2019 Location: Vancouver, British Columbia On behalf of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative (ILI) and the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN), in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada, we are pleased to announce the First Nations’ National Guardians Gathering to be held in Vancouver, British … 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

The cabinet shuffle says little about Jody Wilson-Raybould – and plenty about the government

January 17, 2019By Annette SchroeterNews

MERLE ALEXANDER, LEAH GEORGE-WILSON, MARY ELLEN TURPEL-LAFOND, VAL NAPOLEON, DOUG WHITE AND NAIOMI METALLIC CONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL   Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle has been accompanied by the usual flurry of commentary and speculation, most of it surrounding the bizarre and incoherent removal of Jody Wilson-Raybould as the minister of Justice. Looking … Read More