The First Nations Summit

is comprised of a majority of First Nations and Tribal Councils in British Columbia and provides a forum for First Nations in BC to address issues related to Treaty negotiations as well as other issues of common concern.

Red Cross Fire Assistance Information

Information from the Canadian Red Cross about their relief programs for those affected by the recent BC wildfires.

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BC First Nations Wildfire Updates

Regular updates from the First Nations Leadership Council on the status of the British Columbia Wildfires as they affect First Nations communities throughout the province.

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C2C | Community Forums

The Union of BC Municipalities and First Nations Summit are pleased to announce that funding for local government and First Nation regional Community to Community Forums is available again this fall with renewed financial support from the provincial and federal governments.

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Latest News from the First Nations Summit

FNS Press Release re: 3rd Anniversary of Mount Polley Disaster

August 3, 2017 Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, British Columbia – Tomorrow, Friday August 4th marks the...

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First Nations Summit Congratulates Premier Horgan: Encourages government to uphold commitments

Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, British Columbia – The First Nation Summit today congratulated Premier John...

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First Nations Summit welcomes new Federal Principles regarding the Government of Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples

Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, BC— Leaders of the First Nations Summit are welcoming today’s announcement outlining...

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Current Affairs

In depth analysis and discussion of recent issues and news worthy activities of interest to First Nations in BC, Canada and Internationally.

AFN-Canada Memorandum

June 12, Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, British Columbia –Leaders of the First Nations Summit (FNS) are congratulating National Chief Perry Bellegarde and the Assembly of First Nations for their efforts to secure and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on shared priorities with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Assembly of First Nations – Canada Memorandum of Understanding on Joint Priorities, signed this morning at an AFN-Crown meeting, commits to regular, ongoing engagement between First Nations and the Government of Canada to ensure progress on priorities identified by First Nations. A copy of the MOU can be viewed at www.afn.ca.

Read the Full FNS Press Release

Download the FNS Submission, “a proactive First Nations Summit plan for the Crown to meet its constitutional obligations with respect to Aboriginal and treaty rights” [pdf, 91 pages]

Kids win! Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Ruling

Kids win! In a landmark ruling, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal finds the Canadian government is racially discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children. Access the ruling, information sheets that describe the case and its implications, and the FNS and FN Caring Society press releases:

UN Declaration should be embraced not feared

Last week, Indigenous Peoples and national governments from around the world met at the United Nations in New York to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 13, 2007 adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration). A year ago, when the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues met, Canada’s Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs announced Canada’s full endorsement of the Declaration, without reservation and committed to working collaboratively with Indigenous Peoples to fully implement the
Declaration. This is an international commitment that obligates all levels of government in Canada to follow suit, and thus why, Indigenous peoples across Canada are looking to provincial governments to make similar commitments, including here in BC.

The Declaration is not something to be feared, as Vaughn Palmer implies in his April 28th column. The Declaration is about recognizing and supporting the exercise of Indigenous Peoples inherent right to self-determination, it is intended to be a key instrument of collaboration between Indigenous peoples and governments, industry and citizens, it is not an instrument of obstruction. The Declaration sets out a concrete roadmap to begin addressing the lasting harms of past human rights abuses and violations and prevents such repetition in the present and future. This is one reason among many that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) called on federal and other governments to adopt the Declaration as “the framework for reconciliation.”

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Upcoming Events

Events, meetings and other activities of interest to First Nations in BC.

06 September 2017

BC Cabinet and First Nations Leaders’ Gathering

This year’s gathering is jointly organized by the First Nations Leadership Council and the Ministry...

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Resources

Current published resources and archived content of interest.

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Indigenous Resilience, Connectedness and Reunification - From Root Causes to Root Solutions

Dear Premier Clark, Minister Cadieux, BC Cabinet Ministers, Chiefs and Leaders: RE: FINAL REPORT OF...

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We Know Who We Are and We Lift Up Our People

This report has been prepared as part of the First Nations Summit’s participation in Aboriginal...

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Treaty Principals Take Action to Improve Treaty Negotiations

The Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and the First Nations Summit have...

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A New Direction: Advancing Aboriginal and Treaty Rights

Throughout present-day Canada, the Crown entered into treaties with Aboriginal peoples1 who surrendered their claims...

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