Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Recognition and Reconciliation Legislation: B.C. First Nation Sessions

Regional Sessions on the proposed Recognition and Reconciliation Legislation (May – July 2009)


TO: BC First Nations
From: BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN), First Nations Summit (FNS) and Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)
Date: May 11, 2009
Re: Regional Sessions on the proposed Recognition and Reconciliation Legislation (May – July 2009)

Purpose of Regional Sessions

In February 2009, the First Nations Leadership Council and the Government of British Columbia released an outline of the proposed Recognition and Reconciliation Legislation. This outline was discussed at the All Chiefs meeting on February 25, 2009, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs meeting on March 2, 2009 and the First Nations Summit meeting held March 4-6, 2009. The First Nations Leadership Council received a considerable amount of valuable feedback at those sessions and through subsequent meetings and correspondence with First Nations.

Following the discussions and resolutions at the assemblies, the First Nations Leadership Council requests and invites further First Nations input and direction on this important initiative at each stage of the process. We are therefore holding regional sessions over the next three months to seek advice and direction from First Nations on the key issues of “indigenous nations” and “comprehensive agreements”. These issues are important, as one of our main objectives is to establish a framework for the negotiation of comprehensive agreements that fully implement BC’s commitment to recognition of Aboriginal title and rights in the legislation.

In particular, the First Nations Leadership Council would like your advice on:

• Who should the BC government negotiate comprehensive agreements with?

• What should be the elements of comprehensive agreements? In particular, what provisions should be included with respect to shared-decision making and revenue and benefit sharing?

• What should be the role of an indigenous nations commission?

The First Nations Leadership Council will be presenting a number of options and considerations for review in relation to each of these questions. The advice provided by First Nations during these regional sessions will be used to inform the further development of the legislative proposal. Following the regional sessions, the First Nations Leadership Council intends to bring the legislative proposal to an All Chiefs meeting for review by the Chiefs.


Dates of Regional Sessions on the proposed Recognition and Reconciliation Legislation

Regional Session #1:
Date: May 28, 2009

Location: Prince George Conference Centre

Regional Session #2:
Date: June 16 & 17, 2009 

Location: St. Eugene Mission Resort, Cranbrook 

Regional Session #3:
Date: June 24 & 25, 2009 

Location: Terrace, Location TBC

Regional Session #4:
Date: July 8 & 9, 2009

Location: Campbell River, Location TBC

Regional Session #5: 

Date: July 15 & 16, 2009

Location: Vancouver, Location TBC

Regional Session #6:
Date: July 29 & 30, 2009 

Location: Fort St. John, Location TBC

If you wish to participate in this process but you are unable to attend the regional session being held in your area, please feel free to attend a session held in another region.

We hope you can join us at these important sessions. Please do not hesitate to contact any of our offices if you have any questions.


The UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

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