(Algonquin Anishnaabeg Territory/Ottawa, Ont., Dec. 3, 2019) – BC Regional Chief Terry Teegee and the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) board members, representatives and staff are pleased to attend the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly and witness the honouring ceremony for BC Premier John Horgan. The AFN in partnership with the First Nations Leadership Council – Regional Chief Terry Teegee, Cheryl Casimer, First Nations Summit Executive and Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, UBCIC Secretary Treasurer – hounoured and blanketed Premier John Horgan for his leadership in implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into Provincial law. Indigenous leaders across the country recognize and celebrate the commitment and accomplishment of the province of British Columbia’s passing of Bill 41: Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and the leadership building a true path of reconciliation.
“We raise our hands to BC Premier John Horgan today and honour him in this traditional Blanketing ceremony. We show British Columbia, Canada and the world our respect and appreciation for his contributions to our communities and Nations,” stated Regional Chief Terry Teegee. “We must pause and take the time to observe and acknowledge these significant moments that move all of us in a good and prosperous direction.”
The Bill 41 – 2019: Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was passed in the BC legislature unanimously on November 26, 2019 and will launch a new era of collaboration with First Nations in BC. This is the first province to enshrine the legislation, which establishes the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as the foundational framework for reconciliation in BC, as called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The time is now to see a federal bill to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Chiefs from across Canada are discussing such a federal bill during the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly being held in Ottawa this week.
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