News Release

For Immediate Release
November 4, 2015

First Nations Leadership Council optimistic as Prime Minister Trudeau appoints new Liberal Cabinet

Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – BC First Nations Leaders are optimistic following today’s appointment of the new federal Liberal Cabinet by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) are particularly pleased that for the first time there will be two indigenous members of Cabinet, including former BCAFN Regional Chief and FNLC member Jody Wilson-Raybould (Vancouver- Granville), who was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

“I would like to congratulate all newly appointed Cabinet Ministers to the Federal Government, and in particular, former BC Regional Chief Puglaas, Jody Wilson- Raybould. Puglaas has been and continues to be one of our great leaders from BC and she will meet and exceed any challenges that face her in her new role as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada,” stated Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson. “I look forward to working with the new Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Dr. Carolyn Bennett and moving towards recognition and reconciliation between Nations. We welcome working with all new Ministers, the new Liberal Government and collaboratively working together to realize the commitments made by the Liberal party. We are encouraged to see Dr. Bennett carry culturally significant items as she took her oath of office. What she now carries is a significant responsibility and we will seek to work with her to ensure a better and brighter future for our communities and for Canada.”