First Nations Leadership Council Welcomes Support Messages Regarding the National Day of Action from Premier Campbell and Other Provincial and Territorial Leaders
First Nations Leadership Council
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2007
Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – The First Nations Leadership Council, consisting of the executives of the BC Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, welcomes today’s statements from Premier Gordon Campbell and the joint statement by other provincial and territorial leaders in advance of tomorrow’s National Day of Action.The Premiers and Territorial leaders messages of support for the need to work on and resolve the issues facing First Nations people, such as poverty, the need to close socio and economic gaps and the need for the implementation of our Aboriginal Title and Rights, is clearly a reflection that these are critically important national and provincial policy issues that must be addressed.
The fair, equitable and just resolution of land, resources and territorial issues faced by our people are an important priority for us to resolve with the federal and provincial governments. Canada especially, must work together, with First Nations, to reverse its current unilateral and arbitrary method of establishing and implementing government policies that directly impact on our people. There will be no fair and just resolution to our issues unless we work together.
First Nations citizens and supporters will gather in Vancouver tomorrow for a march scheduled for 11 AM from Vanier Park to Library Square where everyone will gather for a noon rally in an effort to call on First Nations, Canadian citizens and corporations, to stand together to insist that the Government of Canada respond to the crisis in First Nations communities.
The First Nations Leadership Council is comprised of the political executives of the First Nations Summit, Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the BC Assembly of First Nations. The Council works together to politically represent the interests of First Nations in British Columbia and develop strategies and actions to bring about significant and substantive changes to government policy that will benefit all First Nations in British Columbia.
For more information:
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, UBCIC, (250) 490-5314
Colin Braker, First Nations Summit, (604) 926-9903
Rhonda Sim, BC Assembly of First Nations, (604) 922-7733