Coast Salish Traditional Territory/ Vancouver, B . C . – First Nations Leadership in BC have reviewed the election platforms of the federal political parties. Specifically, the leadership has reviewed the stated commitments of the parties on First Nations issues. After their review, all shared deep concern of the stated goals of the Conservative Party of Canada.
Lillian George, President of the United Native Nations – the BC affiliate to the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples – stated “Contrary to the public endorsement of the Conservative Party by the national office of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, the leadership of the United Native Nations urges all First Nations citizens in BC to vote strategically in their respective ridings.”
President Grace Nielsen of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) added “The BCAAFC encourages aboriginal people to show their support to those candidates who will work with us at the community level to improve the lives of all aboriginal people across BC.”