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BCAAFC: Statement in Support of Mi’kmaq Treaty Rights and Livelihood

October 23, 2020 – We at the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) stand in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq people exercising their rights to fish and to a traditional livelihood, in the face of violence, vandalism and intimidation from commercial fishers.

The attacks against Mi’kmaq fishers in Nova Scotia and the lack of intervention from law enforcement violates human rights and demonstrates that such rights are not equitably upheld for Indigenous people. The actions of government, law enforcement, and commercial fishers reflects deeply entrenched racism and a complete disrespect for the Mi’kmaq people as the original and rightful stewards of the land.

We applaud the strength and resiliency of the Mi’kmaq people and we ask that both the federal and provincial governments act to ensure the safety of Mi’kmaq fishers and the protection of their constitutional rights.

To make a donation to support the community of Sipekne’katik in defending their treaty rights, please visit:

In solidarity, on behalf of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres,

Leslie Varley

Executive Director


Squamish Nation Community Flu Clinics 2020

October 27th 10 am to 2 pm, Chances Parking Lot
November 5th 3 pm to 4:30 pm, Teen Center
November 12th 3 pm to 4:30 pm, Ayas Lam Program House
November 19th 3 pm to 4:30 pm, Ayas Lam Program House
November 26th 3 pm to 4:30 pm, Teen Center

October 29th 9 am to 12 pm, Elders Centre (Elder’s Clinic)
November 3rd 12 pm to 4 pm, Chief Joe Mathias Centre
November 4th 9 am to 12 pm, Chief Joe Mathias Centre
November 6th 9 am to 11 am, Eslha7an

Download posters below for full details:

Click Here Squamish Valley Flu Clinic October

Click Here Squamish Valley Flu Clinics November

Click Here North Vancouver Flu Clinics



Please call/ text/ message Naomi Cayou to book a time your household can come by at 604-849-0774.

Liz Grant, Public Health Nurse, Squamish Nation, Valley
604-815-3899; [email protected]


Laura Tayler-Hanson, Public Health Nurse
Phone: 604-418-0990

Karen Jorgensen, Public Health Nurse
Phone: 778-886-8027

Yuustway Health & Wellness
Phone: 604-982-0332

This Flu Clinic information will be included in the upcoming newsletters.


MNBC Approves Additional COVID-19 Response Programs

MNBC’s recently sworn in Cabinet has approved additional COVID-19 response programs. During the first wave of COVID-19, MNBC launched a number of new and innovative initiatives, including: an education grant of $500 per household to support distanced learning, a rent subsidy of $250 per household for up to three months, direct funding support to each MNBC Chartered Community, and more.

In anticipation of a second wave, MNBC formed a COVID‐19 Response Committee with staff representation across all Ministries and departments. The Committee was instructed to submit a coordinated recommendation for review by the Cabinet on the best use of available funding to support Métis in BC affected by the COVID‐19 pandemic. Funding was provided by the Government of Canada through the through the Indigenous Community Support Fund.

The approved recommendations involve the following Ministries and supports:

  • Ministry of Children and Families – direct funding for MNBC service providers;
  • Ministry of Citizenship and Community Services – direct funding to Chartered Communities;
  • Ministry of Culture, Language, and Heritage and Ministry of Elders – funding for Métis artists and elders;
  • Ministry of Digital Government – issuing Chartered Communities with new laptops for community use;
  • Ministry of Economic Development and Partnerships – direct grants to Métis-owned businesses;
  • Ministry of Education – technology grant for Métis families to support remote learning;
  • Ministry of Employment and Skills Training and Ministry of Post‐Secondary Education – grants to Métis post-secondary students;
  • Ministry of Health – reusable masks and mental health supports;
  • Ministry of Housing and Homelessness – rent and utility supplements; and
  • Ministry of Women – support for Métis women leadership.

In addition to the above, MNBC has established a new role of COVID-19 Response Manager. Their short-term focus will be to coordinate the delivery of all the elements of MNBC’s COVID‐19 response plan. The Manager will also provide a report following the delivery of these programs.

“I am thankful to MNBC’s staff for quickly putting together a package of recommendations for our Cabinet’s approval, so soon after we were sworn in. These programs and supports meet the right balance of addressing some of the needs of our Métis communities, individuals, and businesses.” – President Clara Morin Dal Col

More details on how Chartered Communities, businesses, and individuals can apply for these programs will be rolled out soon. Stay tuned.


NIC nursing students host virtual CNSA regional conference

A team of NIC nursing students will welcome nursing students from across Western Canada as part of the first ever all digital Western Prairie Regional conference of the Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA).

The regional conference is expected to involve over 200 nursing students who attend schools in western Canada, which includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories and will be running October 22-24, 2020.

Amber Hunter and Kim Walker are the fourth year nursing students leading the team as co-directors of the conference. They and their team of fellow NIC nursing students were inspired to host the conference because they saw a real difference between the NIC nursing program and the experiences of other students at different institutions.

“We realized that we are really lucky to be at NIC,” explained Hunter. “The NIC nursing program is leading the way on Indigenous-led initiatives and promoting cultural safety for Indigenous peoples.”

The goal for the regional conference is to promote cultural safety among nursing students and to educate on the harmful effects of colonization of the Indigenous people.

The conference will showcase the work of many leaders in nursing including NIC faculty members Heidi Deagle, Joanna Fraser, Liz McKay and Dr. Evelyn Voyageur and NIC Elder in Residence, June Johnson.

The logo used for the conference was also designed by Karver Everson, who is an Indigenous artist and NIC Fine Arts alum.

Hunter and Walker worked for several months on the conference planning, preparing to host about 200 students at NIC, but when COVID-19 became an issue they were forced to change their plans.

“We had to pull a complete 180 degree turn when COVID-19 hit,” said Hunter. “Nursing networking is a really important piece for these conferences, to allow students to connect with others from different programs and share ideas and best practices, so we needed to find a digital way to allow for that interaction.”

The students opted to use the online event app Whova. Speakers will be presented through live video, pre-recorded sessions or a combination of the two.

Their work on this virtual conference has allowed them to realize what an opportunity digital conferences can provide.

“In future years, we hope that CNSA will offer a hybrid model, where people can attend both in person and virtually,” said Hunter. “Offering a virtual conference means it is more accessible to more students and we think that is a really great opportunity for the CNSA. This year’s conference fee has been lowered to only $20, while in person conference fees normally are over $100, plus travel and accommodation costs.”

Proceeds from the conference will be directed into the Dr. Evelyn Voyageur Nursing bursary for NIC Indigenous nursing students.

Both Hunter and Walker feel they have been changed by the work they have done and see that it will influence how their nursing careers will unfold in the future.

“I feel honoured to have the opportunity to put this conference together and I have become very passionate about promoting equitable healthcare and addressing systemic racism within our health care system,” said Walker.

To learn more about the CNSA Western Prairie Regional Conference visit for details.

For more information about NIC’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program visit for details.

Media Contact
Elizabeth Young
Media Liaison, North Island College
O: 250-334-5233 | C: 250-207-6946
[email protected]


LAB AGM 2020: Online Event

2020 Lands Advisory Board Virtual AGM hosted by Whitecap Dakota First Nation

This meeting is open to all Operational and Developmental First Nations that are signatory to the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management as well as First Nations who may be interested in learning more about the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management.

To register CLICK HERE

To view the complete agenda and additional information on the event, including the procedure for resolutions, please visit the event page:


B.C. advocate for reconciliation encourages Indigenous women to vote in upcoming provincial election – BC Local News

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

Oct. 23, 2020

The former chair of the Minister’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Women headed to the advanced polls to cast her vote despite admitting disappointment in B.C’s political parties when it comes to the health, safety and wellness of Indigenous women.

“I thought about it — should I even bother going,” said Cariboo-Chilcotin resident Chastity Davis-Alphonse.

“But also I think it is important fundamentally to ensure that our voices are included and heard.”

B.C. political party leaders were criticized in an Oct. 14 open letter by Indigenous and women’s advocacy groups for not including a plan within their platforms to implement the calls for justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

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Métis Nation Engagement on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Métis National Council (MNC) is pleased to invite you to participate in its upcoming virtual engagement sessions on proposed federal legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

The MNC has been working in collaboration with the Government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to develop this legislation, with the goal of having it introduced in Parliament by the end of this year.

The UN Declaration is an important instrument of international law, and it holds a great deal of promise for the Métis Nation. It presents a strong picture of the human rights of Indigenous Peoples, built on a foundation of meaningful self-determination. It is therefore crucial that the Métis Nation has a strong voice in how the UN Declaration is implemented.

The purpose of this virtual engagement session is to enhance awareness of this legislation within the Métis Nation as well as to seek feedback on the rights, needs and perspectives of Métis Nation citizens.

The engagement sessions will provide an overview of the UN Declaration itself, as well as examining the legislative effort to implement the UN Declaration domestically and what this could mean for the future of Métis Nation citizens, governments, and Canada as a whole. We are seeking feedback from participants that will be put towards further shaping the implementation process.

The virtual engagement sessions are scheduled for November 2, 2020 and November 4, 2020, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern Time.

Each session is identical in terms of agenda and content. Please choose which session you would like to attend and register here:

When: Monday Nov 2, 2020 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

To register for this session:


When: Wednesday Nov 4, 2020 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

To register for this session:

Upon registering, you will receive an automatic confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Métis Nation is interested in reaching as many Métis Nation citizens as possible so please feel free to share notice of this engagement accordingly.

Should you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 1-800-928-6330.


Taseko to Release Third Quarter 2020 Results

Vancouver, BC – Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO; NYSE American: TGB; LSE: TKO) (the “Company”) will release its third quarter 2020 financial results after market close on Monday, October 26, 2020.

The Company will host a telephone conference call and live webcast on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Pacific) to discuss these results. After opening remarks by management, there will be a question and answer session open to analysts and investors.

The conference call may be accessed by dialing (888) 390-0546 in Canada and the United States, or (416) 764-8688 internationally.

The conference call will be archived for later playback until November 13, 2020 and can be accessed by dialing (888) 390-0541 in Canada and the United States, or (416) 764-8677 internationally and using the passcode 277617 #.

For further information on Taseko, please see the Company’s website or contact:

Brian Bergot, Vice President, Investor Relations – (778) 373-4533 or toll free 1 (877) 441-4533

Russell Hallbauer
CEO and Director


Carol Anne Hilton receives 2020 Indigenous Business Award of Distinction

Vancouver – Anne Giardini, O.C., O.B.C., Q.C., chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, is pleased to announce Carol Anne Hilton as the recipient of the 2020 Indigenous Business Award of Distinction.

An online digital campaign will honour Carol Anne in conjunction with all the 2020 Indigenous Business Award (IBA) awardees and culminate in a short film celebrating her remarkable achievements.

“Carol Anne is an exceptional leader whose strategic vision is helping to foster Indigenous entrepreneurship here in her home province, throughout Canada and beyond,” said Giardini. “We at BC Achievement, are honoured to highlight Carol Anne’s many successes and to celebrate the ways in which she inspires change through the #Indigenomics movement.”

The Award of Distinction honours a person who has made a significant impact in the Indigenous business community and in so doing serves as an inspiration to us all.

The Indigenous Business Award program is presented by BC Achievement in partnership with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and is generously supported by: Program Sponsor – TD Bank Group; Category Sponsors – Enbridge, New Relationship Trust, Ovintiv Inc., Teck, Vancity, and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority; Supporting Sponsors – ANTCO, BC Hydro, BC Transit, CN, FortisBC, and Shaw; and Media Sponsors – BIV, CFNR, and First Nations Drum.

BC Achievement is an independent foundation established in 2003 to celebrate community service, the arts, humanities and enterprise.

For information on the IBA program and its award alumni, visit the Foundation’s website

Cathryn Wilson
Executive Director
BC Achievement Foundation
[email protected] | 604.261.9777


Making a Positive Difference: Report Highlights Success of Stewardship Training Program

October 22, 2020

For thousands of years, coastal First Nations have carefully managed the cultural and natural resources within their territories. Today, these stewardship responsibilities are carried out through established programs within each Nation and aided by ongoing training efforts.

The Stewardship Technician Training Program (STTP), a partnership between CFN and Vancouver Island University, provides integrated technical and leadership training to meet stewardship needs throughout the North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii.

Last year, the Coastal Stewardship Network — a program of CFN — began working with EcoPlan International to undertake a thorough evaluation to assess STTP’s impact and effectiveness. After a full year of in-depth analysis and gathering feedback through surveys, workshops and interviews with students, instructors and program coordinators, the results are now available!

The evaluation final report, Making a Positive Difference, shows that STTP has done an excellent job building upon stewardship knowledge and skills within coastal communities, significantly contributing to individual and community well-being in a range of tangible ways. The comprehensive report also identified a few key opportunities to enhance and improve the program even further.

Learn more about these findings:
Click here to download the full report (pdf)


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