Regional Chief Terry Teegee Welcomes Minority Federal Government
(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC – October 22, 2019) – BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee is optimistic about the outcome of yesterday’s federal election. He has signaled that his administration is willing to work with a minority or coalition government to ensure First Nations inherent and treaty rights are upheld and supported.
“The BC Assembly of First Nations continues to work on a number of federal initiatives, and before the election was actively working with the federal government with the National Chief and Chiefs in British Columbia. The outcome of yesterday’s election, which leaves the possibility of a minority or a coalition government, does not change that fact,” said Regional Chief Teegee.
The BC Assembly of First Nations will be resuming our discussions with the federal government on a number of key jurisdictional and decision-making areas as soon as possible, including but not limited to:
- Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
- Developing a BC Region Climate Change Plan and Strategy which includes First Nations priorities, perspectives, and resources to mitigate and adapt to a changing environment;
- Equitable funding for First Nations children welfare services, including education, both on and off-reserve;
- Implementing the Calls to Justice from the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered
- Indigenous Women and Girls;
- Securing First Nations’ inherent and treaty rights to fisheries resources, and our jurisdiction over them;
- Ensuring that First Nations have jurisdiction over cannabis in our territories.
“We look forward to continuing our important work with the federal government,” Regional Chief Teegee continued. “The cooperation required in a minority or coalition government means a focused and reasonable approach to legislation, with no one party being able to force through their agenda, and I see this as a positive development. I applaud all the First Nations that voted and ran for office – together we can continue on the path of reconciliation.”
For further information, contact:
Regional Chief Terry Teegee, BC Assembly of First Nations. Phone: (250) 981-2151