BCAFN responds to federal government’s Speech from the Throne 2021

BCAFN responds to federal government’s Speech from the Throne 2021

by ahnationtalk on November 24, 202110 Views

(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, B.C.) The BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) welcomes the federal government’s Speech from the Throne delivered today by the new Governor General, Mary Simon. The federal government has committed broadly to address First Nations’ critical issues and lived realities including reconciliation, mental health resources and supports, national crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+, clean water infrastructure and implementation of the UN Declaration legislation.

“The scale of suffering caused by climate change and the COVID -19 pandemic has intensified in British Columbia and First Nations’ experiences have been significantly deepened by decades of oppression, inequality and neglect by a colonial state,” stated Regional Chief Terry Teegee. “The Canadian government has an enormous task to ensure First Nations are equal partners as we move forward to take action on the challenges and gaps and create resiliency and strength for all Canadians. I look forward to learning more specifics on parts of the throne speech.”

In addition, the government will work on a new National Monument dedicated to victims and survivors of the residential school system, as well as pledged compensation for victims of the underfunded First Nations child welfare system and will reform the program. Overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the justice system will also be addressed with the re-introduction of Bill C-22: Mandatory Minimum Penalties to be repealed. A renewed anti-racism strategy has also been promised.

The BCAFN looks forward to learning more details and how promises will be turned into concrete actions and results.

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For further information, contact:

Annette Schroeter, Communications Officer Phone: (778)281-1655. BC Assembly of First Nations

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