February 12, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release

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

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

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

BCAFN Concerned about the RCMP Injunction Enforcement

January 7, 2019By Annette SchroeterPress Release

The BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is expressing concern, along with a growing number of leaders and citizens, regarding the increasingly volatile situation developing in northern BC between the RCMP and First Nations protesting the TransCanada Coastal GasLink project. First Nations citizens, as all Canadian citizens, have a right to protest in a peaceful and safe manner. First … Read More

Indigenous Intern Leadership Program

December 18, 2018By Annette SchroeterAnnouncement

Winter 2018 The Indigenous Intern Leadership Program, made possible by the BC Assembly of First Nations and the Business Council of British Columbia through their joint Champions Table, brings together qualifying recent Indigenous Graduates with BC employers for two-year work opportunities. This program provides an opportunity for an Indigenous graduate to hold meaningful employment within … Read More


December 12, 2018By Annette SchroeterPress Release

Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm(Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/Sel̓ílwith (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver: On Monday Dec.10, the Representative for Children and Youth released the report Alone and Afraid: Lessons learned from the ordeal of a child with special needs and his family, which exposes British Columbia’s deeply flawed system of services to support children with complex needs. Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Union of BC … Read More