Our Gathering, kexwkexwntsút chet, tə sq̓əq̓ip ct, is a three-day event that will occur January 21-23, 2020, at the Westin Bayshore Hotel located in downtown Vancouver, BC. Summary Reports of past events can be found at this link or can be requested from Vanessa Schols
Joint Gathering 2018, held January 16 to 18, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, was the sixth annual gathering of British Columbia First Nation Chiefs, Councillors, and administrators with senior officials from the Departments of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs (CIRNA). The event was held on the shared traditional territories of the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and was co-hosted by the First Nations Leadership Council, comprised of the First Nations Summit, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations, and ISC.
Each year, the First Nations Leadership Council and ISC work to reflect participants' feedback and introduce new approaches and features to make the most of the time together. For the first time, a Minister and National Chief joined the Joint Gathering, providing a great strategic overview of the joint agenda. The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. In August 2017, the Prime Minister announced the creation of ISC as one of two new departments established to bolster this renewed relationship and address the unacceptable socio-economic gaps that exist between Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians.