AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Calls for Fundamental Changes in Justice System to Reflect Respect for Indigenous Women and Girls and First Nations Approaches to Justice

May 24, 2019By Annette SchroeterNews

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde saidtoday’s Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v. Barton includes some positive steps but reinforces the need for fundamental changes to Canada’s legal system to ensurefairness and dignity for Indigenous women and girls, and respect for First Nations approaches to justice. Quote … Read More

BCAFN AND FIRST NATIONS MAJOR PROJECTS COALITION SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION

May 15, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release

Efforts to focus on sharing business capacity building efforts between the two organizations LHEIDLI T’ENNEH TERRITORY (Prince George, BC) Today, the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) and the First Nations Major Projects Coalition Society (FNMPC) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning efforts to advance the business capacity of the organization’s respective … Read More

BCAFN CALLS FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACTION ON UPCOMING FINAL REPORT OF THE NATIONAL INQUIRY INTO MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS

May 6, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release

Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC – May 6, 2019 The BC Assembly of First Nations looks forward to the upcoming release of the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girlsthat will be submitted to the public next month, on June 3. We join numerous organizations calling on … Read More

Canada, British Columbia and First Nations Leadership Council sign Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding to improve emergency management services for BC First Nations

April 29, 2019By webmasterPress Release

April 27, 2019 — Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory, British Columbia — Indigenous Services Canada Supporting First Nations communities in emergency situations is a priority for the Government of Canada. First Nations communities are often vulnerable because of their remote locations, and the government is committed to ensuring everyone in Canada has access to quick, reliable … Read More

Province supports BCAFN Economic Development Strategy

April 23, 2019By webmasterPress Release

LHEIDLI T’ENNEH, PRINCE GEORGE The BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) will continue development and implementation of its economic development strategy, supported by $2.24 million in provincial funding over the next two years. This funding will ensure that capacity and innovation are available to BCAFN to support First Nations economic goals and improve our ability … Read More

BCAFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee Statement on the Defeat of Bill S-215, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sentencing for Violent Offences Against Aboriginal Women)

April 18, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release

(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC – April 18, 2019) – BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee released the following statement regarding the defeat of Bill S-215, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sentencing for Violent Offences Against Aboriginal Women). “The BC Assembly of First Nations is deeply disappointed that Bill S-215, … Read More

BCAFN MOURNS PASSING OF CREE ELDER NOEL STARBLANKET

April 17, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release

(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 … Read More

NEW BCAFN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT VIDEOS

April 11, 2019By Annette SchroeterAnnouncement

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 … Read More

BCAFN CELEBRATES TSAWWASSEN FIRST NATION TREATY TENTH ANNIVERSARY

April 3, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release

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 … Read More