The British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is a Provincial Territorial Organization (PTO) representing and advocating for the 203 First Nations in British Columbia. BCAFN representation and advocacy is inclusive and extends to First Nations currently engaged in the treaty process, those who have signed modern treaties, and those who fall under historic treaty agreements which include the Douglas Treaties and Treaty 8. The BCAFN also represents and advocates for First Nations in BC that are not in treaty negotiations.
BCAFN will ensure that:
- First Nations title, rights, and jurisdictions are recognized and respected;
- First Nations cultural identities, systems of government and approaches to self-determination are the foundation of our success;
- First Nations jurisdiction, laws, territories and traditions are respected by governments, industry and the public;
- First Nations are empowered by governmental legislation, policies, programs and processes; and,
- Our efforts support nation building, collective action and a focus on solutions.
First Nations governments exercising title, rights’, and jurisdiction for our lands, resources and peoples in harmony with our customs, languages and laws.
- Advance the rights and interests of First Nations people in British Columbia;
- Restore and enhance the relationship among First Nations in British Columbia, the Crown and people of Canada;
- Develop and promote policies and resources for the benefit of First Nations in British Columbia including, but not limited to, governance, lands and resources, economic, environmental, social, education, health and cultural matters; and,
Take direction from the Chiefs-in-Assembly according to the resolutions passed at Assemblies.