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UBC Opens Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) and Offers Statement of Apology Related to the Indian Residential School System
UBC President Santa J. Ono delivered a statement of apology for the university’s involvement in the system that supported the operation of Indian residential schools in Canada. The Apology was read...Read More
Latest News from the First Nations Summit
Newly Introduced Environmental Assessment Bill Goes Beyond the Status Quo and Marks Important Step in First Nation – BC Relations
Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver: The First Nations Leadership Council recognizes the significant improvements made by...Read More
Negotiation and implementation of modern-day treaty agreements leading the way in reconciliation and Indigenous rights recognition
Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – First Nations Summit (FNS) leaders were in Vancouver today for the...Read More
BC First Nations call on Canada and BC for immediate action to restore and protect wild salmon populations
Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver: BC First Nations gathered last week at the Wild Salmon Summit...Read More
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2017 FNLG Press Conference
Premier John Horgan, Grand Chief Ed John (FNS), Minister Scott Fraser, A/Regional Chief Maureen Chapman (BCAFN) and Kukpi7 Judy Wilson (UBCIC) speak at the opening press conference of the 2017 BC First Nations Leaders Gathering with the Premier and Cabinet. (#FNLG2017)
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.
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.”
TRC releases calls to action to begin reconciliation
- Honouring the Trught, Reconciling for the Future; Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- Truth and Reconciliations Commission Calls to Action
- What Have We Learned: Principles of Truth and Reconciliation
- The Survivors Speak: a Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Events, meetings and other activities of interest to First Nations in BC.
Current published resources and archived content of interest.All Resources
Dear Premier Clark, Minister Cadieux, BC Cabinet Ministers, Chiefs and Leaders: RE: FINAL REPORT OF...Read More
This report has been prepared as part of the First Nations Summit’s participation in Aboriginal...Read More
The Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and the First Nations Summit have...Read More
Throughout present-day Canada, the Crown entered into treaties with Aboriginal peoples1 who surrendered their claims...Read More
Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities and Residential Schools, 1942–1952
Between 1942 and 1952, some of Canada’s leading nutrition experts, in cooperation with various federal...Read More
Advancing an Indigenous Framework for Consultation and Accommodation in BC: Report on Key Findings of the BC First Nations Consultation and Accommodation Working Group
Background IN 2011, THE FIRST NATIONS SUMMIT, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), and...Read More