The Federal Election is on January 23, 2005, and the First Nations Leadership Council strongly encourages all eligible First Nations to register and vote. The outcome of the election will directly affect our communities, our people, our families, our children and our future. Over the past two years, tremendous progress has been made on the relationship between the federal government and First Nations, including a commitment to joint policy development, and $5.1 billion dollars to improve the quality of life for First Nations people. BC First Nations also have an agreement to work directly with the federal government on delivering these commitments to meet BC-specific needs. The upcoming federal election places this progress in jeopardy – First Nations need to support candidates that will honour recent commitments.