BC Assembly of First Nations https://bcafn.ca Wed, 17 Apr 2019 18:12:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 https://bcafn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/cropped-afn_favicon-1-32x32.png BC Assembly of First Nations https://bcafn.ca 32 32 BCAFN MOURNS PASSING OF CREE ELDER NOEL STARBLANKET https://bcafn.ca/bcafn-mourns-passing-of-cree-elder-noel-starblanket/ https://bcafn.ca/bcafn-mourns-passing-of-cree-elder-noel-starblanket/#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 18:12:46 +0000 https://bcafn.ca/?p=5469 (Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC Apr. 17, 2019) – The British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is mourning the loss of respected Cree Elder Noel Starblanket who passed away earlier this week. After many years of struggling with diabetes he finally lost his fight Monday morning at the Regina General Hospital in Saskatchewan.

“As a revered First Nations leader, who was also a pipe carrier, residential school survivor, mentor, innovator, and a role model, he lived a life of hope and forgiveness,” states Regional Chief Terry Teegee. “We look to Elders and leaders like him who hold a vast amount of expertise and knowledge and who pass on their values and positive messages. They guide us on the pathway to building trust and committing to the long road of reconciliation.”

At the age of 24 Noel Starblanket became the Chief of his community, the Star Blanket First Nation, and served as one of the youngest Chiefs in Canada. Five years later he was voted into the position of President of the National Indian Brotherhood, now known as the Assembly of First Nations. He served a second term from 1978 to 1980 and during this term his administration began reshaping the organization so that it would come under the control of an assembly of all the Chiefs in Canada. A new political body that began coming together for the first time. It was during this time that an irresolute determination emerged to secure constitutional recognition of First Nations and Treaty Rights.

For further information, contact:
Annette Schroeter, Communications Officer, phone (250)962-1603, BC Assembly of First Nations.

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NEW BCAFN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT VIDEOS https://bcafn.ca/new-bcafn-economic-development-videos/ https://bcafn.ca/new-bcafn-economic-development-videos/#respond Thu, 11 Apr 2019 20:11:14 +0000 https://bcafn.ca/?p=5438 A series of five videos were produced on themes from economic development during the BCAFN Business Forum 2019.

Watch the videos:

First Nations Business Forum 2019

First Nations Women in Business

First Nations Economic Development

Economic Development and First Nations Rights and Title

Regional Chief Teegee and Economic Development


Producer: Andreas Krebs of Resonant Strategic



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BCAFN CELEBRATES TSAWWASSEN FIRST NATION TREATY TENTH ANNIVERSARY https://bcafn.ca/bcafn-celebrates-tsawwassen-first-nation-treaty-tenth-anniversary/ https://bcafn.ca/bcafn-celebrates-tsawwassen-first-nation-treaty-tenth-anniversary/#respond Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:49:26 +0000 https://bcafn.ca/?p=5401 Together with the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) and the British Columbia provincial government, the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the TFN Treaty. Since 2009 the Nation has been working to dismantle the federal governance structures imposed under the Indian Act and have implemented their own self-governance processes.

“Tsawwassen First Nation continue to fight to gain control of their governance and economy and are working to develop strong economic projects that have brought prosperity, not only to their own Nation, but to the region. The BCAFN will continue to support the progress made by the TFN and will advocate and push all levels of government to live up to the Treaty and other agreement commitments for the next ten years,” stated Regional Chief Terry Teegee.

Prominent productive impacts of the TFN Treaty include: a strengthened cultural identity within TFN, increased respectful relations between the Nation and their neighbours, reduced dependency on the federal government, and increased economic certainty within the region. The future will bring about these and further positive benefits for all British Columbians as more BC First Nations escape from the Indian Act.

For further information, contact:
Annette Schroeter, Communications Officer. Phone: (250) 962-1603. BC Assembly of First Nations.

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BCAFN REGIONAL CHIEF TERRY TEEGEE STATEMENT ON REMOVAL OF MS. JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD AND DR. JANE PHILPOTT FROM LIBERAL CAUCUS https://bcafn.ca/bcafn-regional-chief-terry-teegee-statement-on-removal-of-ms-jody-wilson-raybould-and-dr-jane-philpott-from-liberal-caucus/ https://bcafn.ca/bcafn-regional-chief-terry-teegee-statement-on-removal-of-ms-jody-wilson-raybould-and-dr-jane-philpott-from-liberal-caucus/#respond Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:42:27 +0000 https://bcafn.ca/?p=5397 STATEMENT
April 3, 2019

(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC Apr. 3, 2019) – BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee released the following statement upon the serious upheaval in federal Liberal politics today with the removal of Ms. Jody Wilson-Raybould and Dr. Jane Philpott from caucus:

“I am outraged at the heavy-handed and unjust decision made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to remove these two respected and honourable women from the Liberal caucus today. This action reveals the deeply flawed and dishonest intent behind his previously stated ‘respect for Indigenous peoples’ and ‘commitment to fundamental change.’ The balance that was being forged within our societies through the process of reconciliation is now threatened.

The Prime Minister’s wrathful decision to punish these women, who were doing their job as Cabinet Ministers, also reveals a loss of commitment to hold up women’s rights. A self-proclaimed feminist, Trudeau’s action contradicts this claim and his priority to honour and respect women has broken down.

I expected more from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau than to revert to the outdated political system we were assured was being left behind, but instead remains steadfast beneath his so-called “sunny ways.”

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URGENT – FNLC NOTICE OF POSITION for BCFNGRS GP INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS https://bcafn.ca/urgent-fnlc-notice-of-position-for-bcfngrs-gp-inc-board-of-directors/ https://bcafn.ca/urgent-fnlc-notice-of-position-for-bcfngrs-gp-inc-board-of-directors/#respond Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:57:14 +0000 https://bcafn.ca/?p=5385

Pursuant to resolutions of the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is seeking applications from persons interested in participating as a Board member for the BCFNGRS GP Inc. The FNLC will be appointing two (2) members of the Board for a two-year term commencing April 15, 2019.

The BCFNGRS GP Inc. as part of a limited partnership will be responsible for managing and distributing gaming revenue to First Nations governments.

Notice pdf


A historic new revenue-sharing agreement between BC and First Nations was announced in the provincial budget on February 19, 2019. This is the largest agreement with First Nations in BC history.

The B.C. First Nation gaming revenue sharing agreement is a financial arrangement negotiated between the Province of British Columbia and the First Nation Gaming Commission to share a portion of total net gaming revenues collected annually across the province with all BC First Nations communities.

The new 25-year gaming revenue-sharing agreement, to be signed in April 2019, will mean access to a stable, long-term source of revenue to support nations’ self-government and self-determination. British Columbia joins Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia in sharing gaming revenue with First Nations.

Starting this year (2019), 7% of net provincial gaming revenues will be shared
with First Nations through a new First Nations-established and managed limited partnership. The First Nations Gaming Commission, as authorized by First
Nations in BC, has developed a distribution model that will share the revenue
among BC First Nations, with a portion going equally to all First Nations communities, a portion distributed based on population, and a portion distributed to remote First Nations.

Overseen by a First Nations-appointed board of directors, the limited partnership will be responsible for managing and distributing gaming revenue to First Nations governments.

Business and Structure

The limited partnership is being established to act as an umbrella organization to which gaming revenue will be transferred from the Province. Under the revenue-sharing agreement, the management and distribution of transferred gaming revenues will be administered through a limited partnership overseen by a First Nations-appointed board of directors.

The limited partnership will be responsible for receiving, managing, distributing and reporting on gaming revenue on behalf of all participating BC First Nations.

All First Nations communities in BC are eligible and invited to become partners in the new BC First Nations Gaming Revenue Sharing Limited Partnership. The limited partnership is currently being established by the First Nations Gaming Commission and will be operational in April 2019.

The BC First Nations Gaming Revenue Distribution Agency will be the BC First Nations Gaming Revenue Sharing Limited Partnership (the “Limited Partnership”), a limited partnership established under the laws of the province of British Columbia with BCFNGRS GP INC., a corporation incorporated under the laws of the Province of British Columbia, as its general partner (the “General Partner”) and BC First Nations participating in the revenue sharing acting as limited partners (“Limited Partners”).

Governance Structure

The BCFNGRS GP INC has a board of directors comprised of 5 individuals. The directors are appointed by the following bodies: one individual each appointed by the First Nations Summit, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs and the Assembly of First Nations – British Columbia Region; and 2 individuals appointed by the First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC).

Board Responsibilities

The Board of Directors of the General Partner will be responsible to either manage or supervise the management of the General Partner. In this context, the Directors will be responsible for carrying out the business of the Limited Partnership including the obligations and functions of the Limited Partnership under the Revenue Agreement.


Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:

  • financial acumen;
  • accounting and finance skills;
  • corporate management experience;
  • understanding of First Nations, and in particular First Nations cultures, traditions, values, beliefs, methods and practices; and
  • experience in dealing with First Nations and the Provincial government.

The term of appointment is 2 years for the directors appointed in April 2019 (April 15, 2019 – March 31, 2021). After this initial term, all directors will be appointed for three-year terms.

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be of BC First Nations ancestry and currently reside in British Columbia;
  • Pursuant to the Shareholders Agreement nominees must not be:
    1. a chief or councillor of a First Nation;
    2. a person who, in fact, participates in the management or control of a First Nation, whether by reason of being an officer, senior employee or representative of a First Nation or otherwise; or a person who is in fact under the direction, control or undue influence of a person referred to above.Nominees are also required to comply with eligibility criteria set out in the BC Business Corporations Act, as follows:

      Business Corporations Act: Persons disqualified as directors
      124 (1) A person must not become or act as a director of a company unless that person is an individual who is qualified to do so.

      (2) An individual is not qualified to become or act as a director of a company if that individual is;

      (a) under the age of 18 years,

      (b) found by a court, in Canada or elsewhere, to be incapable of managing the individual’s own affairs,

      (c) an undischarged bankrupt, or

      (d) convicted in or out of British Columbia of an offence in connection with the promotion, formation or management of a corporation or unincorporated business, or of an offence involving fraud, unless

      (i) the court orders otherwise,
      (ii) 5 years have elapsed since the last to occur of
      (A) the expiration of the period set for suspension of the passing of sentence without a sentence having been passed,
      (B) the imposition of a fine,
      (C) the conclusion of the term of any imprisonment, and
      (D) the conclusion of the term of any probation imposed, or
      (iii) a pardon was granted or issued, or a record suspension was ordered, under the Criminal Records Act (Canada) and the pardon or record suspension, as the case may be, has not been revoked or ceased to have effect.
      (3) A director who ceases to be qualified to act as a director of a company must promptly resign.
      (4) An order must not be made under subsection (2) (d) (i) in relation to a financial institution unless notice of the application for the order is given to the superintendent, who may appear as a party to the application.

Application Process
The deadline for interested applicants to submit a resume and cover letter stating their qualifications is 4:00 PM on Thursday April 4, 2019.

Please submit to:
Colin Braker, Communications Director First Nations Summit
Suite 1200 – 100 Park Royal South West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
Fax: (604) 926 9923 Email: cbraker@fns.bc.ca

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REGISTER for FIRST NATIONS PROVINCIAL FORUM – APRIL 24 & 25, 2019 https://bcafn.ca/register-for-first-nations-provincial-forum-april-24-25-2019/ https://bcafn.ca/register-for-first-nations-provincial-forum-april-24-25-2019/#respond Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:35:31 +0000 https://bcafn.ca/?p=5379 REGISTER

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REGISTER for ALL CHIEFS MEETING ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES April 4, 2019 https://bcafn.ca/all-chiefs-meeting-on-children-and-families-april-4-2019-register/ https://bcafn.ca/all-chiefs-meeting-on-children-and-families-april-4-2019-register/#respond Wed, 27 Mar 2019 14:16:42 +0000 https://bcafn.ca/?p=5301 REGISTER


APRIL 4, 2019, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 West Hasting Street.Xwməθkwəyə̓ m (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Səli? lwətaʔɬ/Selí? lwitulh(Tsleil-Waututh) Territories, Vancouver, BC

For BC Chiefs, leaders and technicians/experts.

OBJECTIVE: to review the recent federal legislation Bill C-92: An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth and families as well as recent amendments to the Child, Family, and Community Service Amendment Act (Bill 26) and identify key issues and actions.

TRAVEL/ACCOMODATIONS: A travel subsidy will be made available for one Chief or delegate per First Nation. A hotel room block is available and we encourage you to BOOK your room as soon as possible.


Invitation pdf

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FIRST NATIONS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL HOSTING BC FIRST NATIONS CANNABIS FORUM THIS WEEK IN VANCOUVER https://bcafn.ca/first-nations-leadership-council-hosting-bc-first-nations-cannabis-forum-this-week-in-vancouver/ https://bcafn.ca/first-nations-leadership-council-hosting-bc-first-nations-cannabis-forum-this-week-in-vancouver/#respond Tue, 26 Mar 2019 23:56:58 +0000 https://bcafn.ca/?p=5296
The event is complete but you can view the webcast!


The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is hosting the BC First Nations Cannabis Forum at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. This event is an opportunity for BC Chiefs, delegates, and experts to discuss the legislative and regulatory framework, First Nations jurisdiction, economic development opportunities, legal implications on-reserve and health considerations. A strategy report flowing from the forum will highlight priorities for the First Nations Leadership Council to help guide their engagement on the Joint Working Group on the Legalization and Regulation of Non-Medical Cannabis.

“The legalization of cannabis has spurred much dialogue and increased knowledge but it is critical to ground and connect information about cannabis, and government priorities, within the context of First Nations communities, and this forum will ensure our priorities and concerns are brought forward. As well, we will explore economic opportunities that may be available within this new industry,” stated Regional Chief Terry Teegee.

“The legalization of recreational cannabis has created a new and emerging marketplace.  It is critical that BC First Nations have full jurisdiction within their respective territories and be provided with equal and early access to the market in order to take advantage of the significant economic opportunities the recreational cannabis industry provides. Government must also come to the table to engage with BC First Nations on revenue sharing”, said Cheryl Casimer of the First Nations Summit Political Executive.  “This week’s forum will provide a much-needed opportunity for BC First Nations delegates to come together to share important information on both economic opportunities and health considerations”.

Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, UBCIC Executive member stated, “The federal cannabis legislation was imposed without First Nations consent or involvement. With implementation of laws and regulation we must ensure that our voices are heard in the emerging medicinal and economic cannabis sector. With this in mind, it is essential that safety and good health for our communities are paramount, this First Nations Cannabis Forum is place for us to work together towards these goals.”

The event will be webcast live on the BCAFN YouTube channel.

The event agenda is available.

For more information visit the BCAFN event webpage.

You can still register!

For further information, contact:
Sarah Froese, Policy Analyst, phone (778)945-9911, BC Assembly of First Nations.

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BCAFN CELEBRATES WORLD WATER DAY WITH THE TSILHQ0T’IN NATION https://bcafn.ca/bcafn-celebrates-world-water-day-with-the-tsilhq0tin-nation/ https://bcafn.ca/bcafn-celebrates-world-water-day-with-the-tsilhq0tin-nation/#respond Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:11:18 +0000 https://bcafn.ca/?p=5272 (Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC Mar. 22, 2019) – The British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is celebrating World Water Day with the Tŝilhqot’in and other First Nations in Vancouver today. Chiefs and supporters are holding ceremonies and rallies in events during the day as they stand to protect this life sustaining resource. Many Canadians live their daily lives without safe water which contributes to their struggle to survive and thrive. In addition, First Nations’ attempts to protect and improve water on their territories are often ignored or treated with hostility. It is time to tackle the water crisis in Canada and confront the pressures and policies that are giving life to and prolonging the issue.

“First Nations are deeply concerned for our water sources, and every living thing that depends on these waters, in our territories. We have been persistently experiencing resistance from government and industry to listen to our words and address the ongoing environmental injustices,” states Regional Chief Terry Teegee. “We are sounding the alarm to protect water as a precious resource in a rapidly changing world where we stand to lose everything.”

Significantly, for a decade the Tŝilhqot’in Nation have been rigorously opposing the Taseko New Prosperity mining project, located 185 kilometers southwest of Williams Lake, to protect Teztan Biny (Fish Lake). With two rejections of this proposal by the Federal Government the Tŝilhqot’in continue to face this direct threat to their place of ceremony and healing, and to their culture.

For further information, contact:
Annette Schroeter, Communications Officer, phone (250)962-1603, BC Assembly of First Nations.

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BCAFN YOUTH FORUM – March 29 – 31, 2019 https://bcafn.ca/bcafn-youth-forum-march-29-31-2019/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:06:04 +0000 https://bcafn.ca/?p=5187

The BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) Youth Representatives will be hosting a Youth Forum on March 29-31, 2019 at the Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport, 3099 Corvette Way, in Richmond, BC. The session is intended to bring together BC First Nations Youth to dialogue around priorities and strategic approaches with respect to advocating and advancing the well-being of youth, and to articulate these priorities to the BCAFN Youth Representatives to inform their work throughout the remainder of their tenures. Check the BCAFN website for the event agenda (to be updated by March 22, 2019) atwww.bcafn.ca.

March 29 – 31, 2019
Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC

Agenda available soon.

BCAFN encourages youth delegates (suggested age range 19-29) from each of the (5) First Nations Health Authority Regions to register for this event. There are 40 rooms confirmed for youth from outside of the Richmond/Vancouver area. Delegates will be approved for travel reimbursement on a first come, first serve basis.

SECOND NOTICE – Call for registrations pdf

Registration Form pdf

Poster pdf

Travel Arrangements: BCAFN will cover travel costs for the youth delegates (aged 19-29) from each of the (5) First Nations Health Authority Regions to attend this event. Delegates will be approved for travel coverage on a first come, first serve basis. BCAFN will cover and make the travel and two-nights’ accommodation arrangements for registered youth attending the BCAFN Youth Forum, as well as meals and incidentals as per BCAFN travel claim policy.

First Nations Health Authority Regions

  • Interior (tan)
  • Fraser (blue)
  • Vancouver Coastal (yellow)
  • Vancouver Island (orange)
  • Northern (green)

Youth registrants have to provide the following information for travel and accommodation requirements:
(1) CompletedRegistrationFormincludinglegalnameforflightarrangementsifapplicable;and
(2) Confirmation that they are in possession of valid picture identification for flight and accommodation

requirements (Identification CANNOT be expired).

Travel claim forms will be available at the forum for youth to fill out for reimbursement for applicable meals for travel days along with incidentals.

For more information: please visit our website at www.bcafn.ca or contact Samantha Seymour, BCAFN Administrative Support Worker by email (samantha.seymour@bcafn.ca) or phone (250.962.1603).