B.C. government, First Nations will share gaming revenue, co-develop legislation to implement UN declaration

November 29, 2018By Annette SchroeterPress Release

British Columbia Press Release Office of the Premier Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation COAST SALISH TERRITORIES/VANCOUVER – B.C. First Nations will share in provincial gaming revenue to support self-government, strong, healthy communities, and services that make life better for families. This funding will be a central piece of Budget 2019 to support reconciliation. The … Read More

More than 1,100 new homes coming for Indigenous peoples

November 24, 2018By Annette SchroeterPress Release

British Columbia Press Release Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing PITT MEADOWS – Indigenous peoples on- and off-reserve will soon have access to more than 1,100 new affordable homes in 26 communities throughout British Columbia. The first set of homes selected through the Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund includes nearly 780 off-reserve homes and close … Read More

BCAFN CELEBRATES THE 25TH ABORIGINAL VETERANS DAY

November 8, 2018By Annette SchroeterPress Release

The British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) remembers and celebrates Indigenous peoples who served and sacrificed for their Nation(s) on the 25thAboriginal Veterans Day. We hold up our hands and honour our peoples’ contributions and sacrifices during and after those times of great conflict. “We encourage all Canadians to join us in recognizing and … 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

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

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

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

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

First Nations Priorities Require Sustained Attention and Action by New Federal Cabinet – AFN National Chief

July 20, 2018By webmasterPress Release

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde encourages continued attention, action and direct engagement with First Nations to advance priorities and reconciliation as new federal cabinet portfolios were announced yesterday. “First Nations priorities are this country’s priorities, and regardless of who leads each portfolio we want to see action and … Read More

BC Regional Chief Terry Teegee Acknowledges and Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2018By webmasterPress Release

(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George – June 20, 2018) – On June 21, the summer solstice marks a significant day for Indigenous Peoples across Canada. Recognized as a day to celebrate and acknowledge the successes, accomplishments and achievements of the Indigenous Peoples in Canada. “June 21st is a day to recognize all that our families, communities and Nations … Read More