Upcoming FNS Meetings

2017 Meeting Calendar

INFO RE: Summit Meeting Agendas, Side Room and Information Table Bookings

Deadlines for Submissions of Resolution Packages for 2017 Summit Meetings

Upcoming Events

Next Summit Meeting

October 18-20, 2017

Location TBD

Next Chief Negotiators' Meeting

September 14-15, 2017:

Tsleil-Waututh Nation Recreation Centre:
3010 Sleil Waututh Road
North Vancouver

Map: Tseil-Waatuth Rec Centre

FNS Resolutions Process

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Latest from the SUMMIT

FNS Press Releases


BC Wildfire Updates

BC First Nations Wildfire Updates

July 24th Update [pdf]

July 19th Update [pdf]

July 17th Update [pdf]

July 13th Update [pdf]

July 12th Update [pdf]

July 11th Update [pdf]

July 10th Update [pdf]

AFN-Canada Memorandum of Understanding a positive step towards reconciliation

June 12, Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, British Columbia - Leaders of the First Nations Summit (FNS) are congratulating National Chief Perry Bellegarde and the Assembly of First Nations for their efforts to secure and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on shared priorities with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Assembly of First Nations - Canada Memorandum of Understanding on Joint Priorities, signed this morning at an AFN-Crown meeting, commits to regular, ongoing engagement between First Nations and the Government of Canada to ensure progress on priorities identified by First Nations. A copy of the MOU can be viewed at www.afn.ca.

Read the Full FNS Press Release [pdf]

Download the FNS Submission, "a proactive First Nations Summit plan for the Crown to meet its constitutional obligations with respect to Aboriginal and treaty rights" [pdf, 91 pages]

First Nations Summit statement on 2017 BC Election Results: Indigenous issues must be at the forefront

May 26, Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, British Columbia - Leaders of the First Nations Summit (FNS) congratulate all of the successful candidates in the 2017 BC election now that the final election results have been confirmed by Elections BC. Following the closest election outcome in decades, the FNS is once again encouraging all parties to put Indigenous issues at the forefront of their agenda.

Read the Full Press Release [pdf]

Indigenous issues to play a key role in any new provincial government

May 11, Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, British Columbia - Leaders of the First Nations Summit are eagerly awaiting the final outcome of the 2017 provincial election, pending results of recounts on close races as well as the counting of absentee ballots, which will ultimately decide who will form government for the next term.

What is certain for the FNS is that Indigenous issues must be at the forefront of issues for whoever governs this province, whether it be by majority, minority or coalition.

Read the Full Press Release [pdf]

BC Liberals and Greens respond to FNS with Commitments to Reconciliation and Renewal of Treaty Process

The First Nations Summit remains committed to advocating for the just and fair settlement of treaties in British Columbia and recently sent correspondence to the BC Liberals, BC Green Party and BC NDP to seek their commitments on this important issue. Below are copies of the responses received to date.

  1. Letter to the First Nations Summit dated May 4, 2017 Rich Coleman and Todd Stone, Campaign Co-Chairs, BC Liberals re: Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia.
  2. Letter to the First Nations Summit dated May 7, 2017 Andrew Weaver, Leader, BC Green Party re: Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia.

BC NDP, BC Greens & BC Liberals respond to First Nations Leadership Council BC Election Questionnaire

The First Nations Leadership Council is committed to changing the course of First Nation-Crown relations in BC in a way that empowers First Nations and results in real, concrete change to our children, families, and communities. The FNLC has identified the upcoming provincial election as a critical turning point in which First Nation voters have the potential to significantly shift not only the focus of the election but the outcome as well.

To assist you and your community's participation in this year's provincial election, the FNLC has compiled the attached 2017 Provincial Election Package.

The FNLC's 2017 Election Package is being provided to all 203 First Nations in BC. Included in the package are:

  1. Questions posed to all provincial parties;
  2. Responses from the parties (BC NDP, BC Green Party and BC Liberal Party); and
  3. Basic voting information from Elections BC.

Please note that the FNLC encourages not only the further distribution of this information to your community members but encourages each community to pose questions to your respective riding candidates. Please feel free to use or adapt the attached letter if you wish to do your own correspondence on election issues of significance to your community.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Matthew Norris matthew@ubcic.bc.ca or Colin Braker cbraker@fns.bc.ca.

For further information about voting, contact Elections BC at:

Toll-Free: 1.800.661.8683

Phone: 250.387.5305
Fax: 250.387.3578
Toll-Free Fax: 1.866.466.0665
TTY: 1.888.456.5448

Yours truly,

Canada, British Columbia and the First Nations Leadership Council sign Reconciliation Charter committing to the care of First Nations children and youth

April 10, 2017, Vancouver - The health and well-being of Indigenous children is a top priority for the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs (collectively working together as the First Nations Leadership Council). Together we are taking action to help ensure that children receive the health and social services they need, when they need it.

Read the Full Press Release [pdf]


Final Report of the Special Advisor on Aboriginal Child Welfare released

Indigenous Child Welfare in BC Final Report

Read the Full Report of Special Advisor Grand Chief Ed John: "Indigenous Resilience, Connectedness and Reunification - From Root Causes to Root Solutions" [PDF: 6.3 MB]

Event Slideshow

Indigenous Child Welfare in BC: Summary of Recommendations [PDF: 163 kb]

FNS Press Release, November 21: "Province must work to implement recommendations contained in the Final Report of the Special Advisor on Aboriginal Child Welfare"

BC Ministry of Children and Family Development Press Release: Special advisor delivers report on Indigenous child welfare

Shuswap Nation Tribal Council News Release: Government of Canada and Province of BC Must Work with Inigenous Nations to Implement the Recommendations of Special Advisor on Aboriginal Child Welfare

November is Aboriginal

Ring of Reconciliation

"Ring of Reconciliation" an important and permanent symbol for the path to reconciliation

September 27th, Coast Salish Territory/Victoria, British Columbia - First Nations Summit leaders gathered in Victoria on Monday evening to witness His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge affix the Ring of Reconciliation to British Columbia's Black Rod in a ceremony at Government House.

Read the Full Press Release [pdf]

CBC: Prince William gets lesson in colonialism, cultural genocide at Black Rod ceremony [link to new page]

Daily Mail (UK): The lady in red: Kate stuns in dazzling dress at historic ceremony of reconciliation with Canadian First Nations
[link to new page]

First Nations Summit re-elects Executive

June 10th, Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver - Grand Chief Edward John (Akile Ch'oh), Cheryl Casimer and Robert Phillips have been re-elected to the First Nations Summit Task Group (political executive) by leaders representing First Nations currently engaged in treaty negotiations in BC.

Read the Full Press Release [pdf]

Treaty Principals take action to improve treaty negotiations

June 7th, VANCOUVER - The Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and the First Nations Summit have developed a path forward to improve and expedite treaty negotiations with First Nations in British Columbia.

Read the full Joint Statement [pdf]

FAQs on the Multilateral Engagement Process [pdf]

Report re: Multilateral Engagement Process to Improve and Expedite Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia [pdf]

First Nations Resolute they will Reform Indigenous Child Welfare in BC

June 1, 2016, Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) - First Nations leadership and child-serving organizations gathered over the past two days - along with representatives of the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada - to discuss the current crisis in Indigenous child welfare in British Columbia. Read the Press Release

Summit calls on Federal Government to reject National Energy Board decision to conditionally approve the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project

May 20, 2016, Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) - Leaders of the First Nations Summit are calling on the federal government to reject the National Energy Board's (NEB) conditional approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project. Read the Press Release

Kids win! Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Ruling

I am a WitnessKids win! In a landmark ruling, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal finds the Canadian government is racially discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children. Read the ruling, information sheets that describe the case and its implications, and the FNS and FN Caring Society press releases below:

A Great Day for Indigenous People in Canada: First Nations Summit very optimistic following appointment of new Federal Cabinet

November 4, 2015 - Coast Salish Traditional Territory (Vancouver) - Leaders of the First Nations Summit (FNS) congratulated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following this morning's announcement of his government's new Cabinet which includes two indigenous members; former BCAFN Regional Chief Puglaas, Jody Wilson-Raybould (Vancouver-Granville) who was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Hunter Tootoo (Nunavut) who was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Coastguard.

Read More: the Full FNS Press Release re: Federal Cabinet [pdf]

November 4, 2015 FNS letter of congratulations to Prime Minister Trudeau [pdf]

November 4, 2015 FNS letter of congratulations to Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs [pdf]

FNLC press release re: new federal Cabinet (Nov. 4, 2015) [pdf]

First Nations Summit looks to new federal Liberal Government to implement key Aboriginal commitments

Coast Salish Traditional Territory (Vancouver) - Leaders of the First Nations Summit (FNS) congratulate Prime Minister-Elect Justin Trudeau and the members of the Liberal majority government following yesterday's federal election. "We encourage Prime Minister-Elect Trudeau and his majority government to work with Aboriginal communities and citizens across Canada to ensure our issues are given the top priority they deserve within the new Liberal government's agenda", said Grand Chief Edward John, of the FNS Political Executive.

Read the Full FNS Press Release re: Liberal Victory [pdf]

Read the Liberal Party response to Sept. 3, 2015 FNLC letter to Federal party leaders [pdf]

Read the Sept. 3, 2015 FNLC letter to federal party leaders [pdf]

TRC releases calls to action to begin reconciliation

TRC Call to Action

Read TRC News release [PDF, 288 kb]

Read the FNLC Press Release on the Truth and Reconciliation Report and Closing [PDF, 78 kb]

TRC Findings:

Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery: The Road to Reconciliation Panel

Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery

This panel discussion was held June 1st, 2015 at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission closing events in Ottawa, Canada. The Doctrine of Discovery was used as legal and moral justification for colonial dispossession of sovereign Indigenous Nations. Christian explorers claimed lands for their monarchs who could exploit the land, regardless of the original occupiers. Watch panel presentation.

First Nations Summit congratulates the First Nations of the Te'Mexw Treaty Association

Signing Te'Mexw AIP

April 9, 2015 - Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) - The First Nations Summit congratulates the Songhees First Nation, Malahat First Nation, Beecher Bay Indian Band, T'sou-ke First Nation and Snaw-naw-as First Nation leaders, negotiators and community members on today's signing of the Te'Mexw Agreement in Principle (AIP) with the governments of British Columbia and Canada. Read more... (full FNS Press Release).

Eyford Report Released

Eyford Report - A New Direction

April 2, 2015 - Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) - The First Nations Summit (FNS) acknowledges receipt of the report released today by Douglas Eyford, Ministerial Special Representative to the Hon. Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). The report, entitled A New Direction: Advancing Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, examines Canada's Comprehensive Claims Policy and also looks at and provides recommendations on the BC treaty negotiations process... [Read Full Press Release]

A New Direction: Advancing Aboriginal and Treaty Rights [Full Report]

FNS Response to Mount Polley Engineering Report

Left to right; Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, UBCIC; Chief Bev Sellars, Xat'sull First Nation; Grand Chief Edward John, First Nations Summit political executive

First Nations Respond to Independent Expert Engineering Investigation and Review Panel on Mt. Polley

(February 3, Coast Salish Traditional Territory) First Nations have carefully taken time to review the January 30, 2015 Report on the Mt. Polley Tailings Storage Facility Breach that was undertaken by an independent expert engineering investigation and review panel. The comprehensive report resulted from months of site investigations and document reviews by a panel of three experts chosen by the BC government. Read the Full Press Release [pdf]

Site C Peace River

Approval of Site-C Dam project a major step backwards in Provincial Government relations with BC First Nations

Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver - First Nations Summit leaders are denouncing the decision by the Government of BC to approve BC Hydro's Site-C Dam project on the Peace River, approximately seven kilometers west of Fort St. John in northeastern BC. Read the Press Release.

FNLC Open Letter in Support of Native Courtworkers' Strike Action

Dear Premier Clark and Minister Anton:

We are writing to express our full support for the employees of the Native Courtworkers and Counselling Association of British Columbia (NCCABC) in their current strike action. We call on the Province to address the current wage disparity that exists and ensure Native Courtworkers receive fair and equitable wages in line with the critical services they provide...

Read the Full Open Letter Here [pdf]

First Nations Summit applauds unanimous adoption of the Outcome Document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver - First Nations Summit (FNS) leaders are applauding the adoption of the consensus Outcome Document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP2014) by the United Nations General Assembly, thereby renewing the UN's commitment to promote the rights of indigenous peoples and reaffirming support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (read full FNS release, including Outcome Doc)

Outcome Document of the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Sept 23: Canada's position at UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples an affront to the concept of reconciliation (FNS News Release)

Sept 24: Canada uses World Conference to continue indefensible attack on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Joint Public Statement)

B.C. Government and First Nations leaders look to future of reconciliation

September 11 (VANCOUVER) - First Nations leaders from across the province and the B.C. Cabinet convened today for a historic day-long dialogue on transforming First Nations-Crown relations in British Columbia.

Read Full Statement from First Nations Leadership Council (PDF)

In a unanimous decision, Supreme Court of Canada grants declaration of aboriginal title to the Tsilhqot'in Nation

Supreme Court of Canada

Supreme Court of Canada, in a unanimous decision, has granted a declaration of aboriginal title to the Tsilhqot'in Nation
Read the SCC decision (PDF)

First Nations Summit Celebrates Supreme Court of Canada's Declaration of Tsilhqot'in Title: Read FNS Release

Tsilhqot'in Nation Welcomes Recognition of Full Aboriginal Title for the First time in Canadian History: Read Tsilhqot'in release


AFN congratulates Tsilhqot'in National Government on Landmark Legal Victory at SCC, Calls on Federal Government to Work with First Nations on New Approaches to Support Real Reconciliation with First Nations Read Press Release

Listen to Grand Chief Edward John on CBC Radio's The Early Edition speaks about legal significance of SCC decision in William Case.

Coastal First Nations reacts to Tsilhqot'in Decision: Read Press Release.

Lake Babine Applauds Supreme Court's Aboriginal Title Declaration Read Press Release.

Ktunaxa Nation Lauds Supreme Court Decision on Tsilhqot'in Aboriginal Title

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Applauds SCC Tsilhqot'in Decision: Aboriginal Title Land Declared Read Press Release

Gitxaala Thanks Tsilhqot'in and Calls on Crown to Live Up to Its Own Laws

Nuu-chah-nulth-aht hold up their hands to the Tsilhqot'in People Read Press Release

June 19, 2014: Canada's failure to uphold the human rights of Indigenous peoples in its approval of Northern Gateway

Joint statement from the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Amnesty International Canada, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers), Chiefs of Ontario, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), Indigenous Rights Centre, Indigenous World Association, and KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

The overall process surrounding the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline has failed to respect and protect the human rights of Indigenous peoples whose lands and waters would be affected by the project. Having reviewed the environmental impact assessment and the positions taken by affected First Nations, as well as the federal and provincial governments, our organizations conclude that this week's conditional approval of the project by the federal government violates Canada's legal obligations under both domestic and international law. Unfortunately, these serious concerns were only minimally addressed in the federally commissioned Eyford Report on the broader issue of West Coast energy infrastructure. Read full statement

First Nations Going to Court United Against Enbridge's Northern Gateway Project

June 17, 2014: Federal and provincial governments disregard Indigenous Title and Rights

"Today, we unequivocally reject the Harper Government's decision to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway tanker and pipelines project and First Nations will immediately go to court to vigorously pursue all lawful means to stop the Enbridge project..." Read Full Press Release.

June 17, 2014: First Nations Leadership Council responds to the Federal decision regarding Enbridge's Northern Gateway Project

Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) - On December 19, 2013 the Joint Review Process released its report on Enbridge's Northern Gateway project which included 209 recommended requirements for approval of the project. Today, the federal cabinet announced that it would approve the project. The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC), which is composed of the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, and Union of BC Indian Chiefs, is completely disgusted at this decision. Read the FNLC Press Release.

First Nations Respond from around the Web:

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council stands in opposition to Northern Gateway decision - June 18, 2014

CSTC Still Opposes Enbridge - June 17, 2014

Gitga'at First Nation Reacts to Harper Cabinet Approval of Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline - June 17, 2014

Gitxaala Nation Vows to Continue Northern Gateway Fight - June 17, 2014

Assembly of First Nations Responds to Federal Government's Approval of Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project

Haida Nation Rejects Northern Gateway Decision - June 17, 2014

Heiltsuk Nation responds to Federal Government decision on Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline Project - June 17, 2014

Coastal First Nations Declare Northern Gateway Pipeline "Effectively Dead" - June 17, 2014

Lake Babine vows to fight pipeline, protect their aboriginal rights - June 17, 2014

Premier, Aboriginal leaders partner to end violence against Aboriginal women and girls

VICTORIA, June 13 - Premier Christy Clark and Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad joined Aboriginal leaders today to sign a memorandum of understanding that confirms their shared commitment to end violence against Aboriginal women and girls.

PDF Read the Full Press Release

PDF Declaration on Stopping Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls

PDF MOU signed June 13th, 2014

Slideshow Watch the MOU Event Slideshow here

Turning Point for Indigenous Land Rights in Canada

Highlights from a public forum discussing the Tsilhqot'in title case, and its implications. The forum was held in Ottawa on November 8, 2013, the day after the Tsilhqot'in case was heard at the Supreme Court of Canada. A panel of legal experts discussed Canada's failure to respect the pre-existing land rights of Indigenous peoples and the implications of international human rights standards like the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

FNS leaders encouraged by recommendations in Eyford Report

Forging Partnerships Douglas EyfordFirst Nations Summit leaders are encouraged by the recommendations contained in the report to the Prime Minister entitled Forging Partnerships Building Relationships: Aboriginal Canadians and Energy Development by Douglas Eyford, the Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure.

Read the FNS Press Release [pdf, 33 kb]

Download the full Eyford report, Forging Partnerships Building Relationships: Aboriginal Canadians and Energy Development [pdf, 1.1 mb]

Royal Proclamation still relevant on 250th Anniversary

FNS Op-ed: Royal Proclamation still relevant on 250th Anniversary

FNLC News Release: First Nations Leadership Council Honours the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation

As we approach the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation we reflect on where we started as a nation and where we still need to go.

Royal Proclamation

Joint Gathering 2013

The 2013 Joint Gathering brings together BC First Nations leaders and community representatives with government officials to discuss issues of importance to First Nations in BC.

For further information on the agenda and how to register, please visit: http://www.afoabc.org/events/joint-gathering-2013

Reconciliation Canada Legacy Fund

Reconciliation Canada has established a Legacy Fund for the purpose of developing, implementing and supporting public education programs, community engagement initiatives and other activities that:

(a) increases public awareness of the Indian residential school experience and the reconciliation process in Canada;

(b) establishes a groundswell of Canadians from every level of society who are committed to fostering positive relationships between Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians; connects Aboriginal communities with a diversity of cultural, faith-based and multi-generational groups in Canada to gain a better understanding of one another's shared histories; and promotes physical, psychological and spiritual healing within Aboriginal communities.

To make an online donation to the Reconciliation Canada Legacy Fund visit: http://reconciliationcanada.ca/participate/donate/

Research shows Nutrition Experiments conducted without consent in First Nations Communities and Residential Schools

Between 1942 and 1952, some of Canada's leading nutrition experts, in cooperation with various federal departments, conducted an unprecedented series of nutritional studies of Aboriginal communities and residential schools. The most ambitious and perhaps best known of these was the 1947-1948 James Bay Survey of the Attawapiskat and Rupert's House Cree First Nations. Less well known were two separate long-term studies that went so far as to include controlled experiments conducted, apparently without the subjects' informed consent or knowledge, on malnourished Aboriginal populations in Northern Manitoba and, later, in six Indian residential schools.

Read Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities and Residential Schools, 1942-1952 by Ian Mosby [PDF, 412 kb]

First Nations Summit Elects New Executive

The First Nations Summit Chiefs in Assembly have elected Grand Chief Edward John (Akile Ch'oh), Cheryl Casimer and Robert Phillips to the FNS Political Executive. Leah George-Wilson and Ray Harris were also re-elected Co-Chairs of the FNS. All terms are from June 2013 - June 2016. Read FNS release...

2013 FN Summit Executive

Pictured left to right: Robert Phillips (FNS Political Executive), Leah George-Wilson (FNS Co-Chair), Ray Harris (FNS Co-Chair), Cheryl Casimer (FNS Political Executive), and Grand Chief Edward John (FNS Political Executive)

Joint Statement: Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Doctrine of Discovery

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in its entirety is rooted in the principle of racial non-discrimination, a peremptory norm from which no derogation is permitted. Full and effective implementation of the UN Declaration is dependent on ensuring that racial discrimination against Indigenous peoples is eradicated.

Last year... the Permanent Forum... called on all States to repudiate colonial doctrines such as the doctrine of discovery, and associated legal fictions as the doctrine of terra nullius, "as the basis for denying indigenous peoples' human rights."

Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit presents to House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources

Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit political executive presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources on May 2, 2013 to provide a First Nations perspective on the committee's current study of the potential importance of market diversification to Canada's energy future and economic growth.

BC Chiefs and leaders sign declaration endorsing the eight action items set out by the AFN Executive

(Jan 25, Coast Salish Territory / Vancouver) - BC Chiefs and leaders gathered for a meeting in Vancouver this week to discuss the recent meetings held in Ottawa, to create dialogue around the AFN Consensus Document "Fundamental Change, Remedies and Actions Required
and to create an opportunity for BC Chiefs to continue to strategize on an approach for BC First Nations moving forward. The Chiefs and leaders unanimously passed a resolution in support of the declaration, "DRIVING CHANGE FOR OUR CHILDREN". Read Full Press Release [PDF]

"Driving Change for our Children": A Declaration of the First Nations of British Columbia [PDF, 720 kb]

"Support for Indigenous Citizens' Actions on Sovereignty and Environmental Protections": A Declaration of the First Nations of British Columbia [PDF, 509 kb]

Prime Minister Harper can't afford to idle any longer; urgent action and real outcomes must result from January 11th meeting between First Nations leaders and PM Harper

January 9, 2013 - An Open Letter to PM Harper from the First Nations Summit [pdf, 229 kb]

Prime Minister must commit to the human rights of Indigenous Peoples

Canada must demonstrate a clear commitment to upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples affirmed in Treaties, and articulated in both domestic and international law. Such a commitment must ensure Indigenous peoples' full and effective participation in decisions that could affect those rights.

Prime Minister Harper will be meeting with First Nations leaders this Friday to discuss issues, including those related to economic development and Treaty implementation.

The meeting comes after more than a month of unprecedented public mobilization sparked by a government legislative agenda which has far reaching impacts on the rights of Indigenous peoples, and advanced without meaningful consultation or consent. The mobilization included grassroots demonstrations across Canada under the banner of "Idle No More". The mobilization has also included an ongoing hunger strike by Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat.

Last week, 36 prominent Indigenous peoples', human rights, and environmental organizations issued a public statement outlining very serious concerns with the government's actions with regard to its legislative agenda. Such actions erode democracy, the rule of law and integrity of Parliament.

The statement emphasized, "Cooperative and harmonious relations cannot be achieved by devaluing Treaties or by unilateral government actions." The statement concluded: "It is tragic that a hunger strike and Canada-wide protests are necessary in order for Indigenous peoples to bring attention to violations of their dignity, Treaties and human rights."

Joint Statement [PDF, 50 kb]

Community and Advocacy Groups Respond to Missing Women Commission of Inquiry's Final Report: December 17, 2012

Read the Press Release [pdf, 395 kb]

Read the Commission Report: "The Report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry | Executive Summary" [pdf, 13 Mb]

First Nations Summit Stand with Ktunaxa Nation in Opposition to Jumbo Glacier Resort Development

Read the FNS Press Release [pdf, 30 kb]

Watch the Ktunaxa Nation documentary entitled 'Qat'muk: where the grizzly bears go to dance'

For more information on Qat'muk, visit:

First Nations Summit congratulates all recipients of 2012 BC Aboriginal Business Awards

2012 Aboriginal Acievement Winners

The First Nations Summit congratulates recipients of this year's BC Aboriginal Business Awards (pictured above), which were presented at a banquet in Vancouver on Monday November 26th. This year's recipients truly embody perseverance, tenacity and success. They are an indicator that Aboriginal businesses are a strong and vital component of BC's economy and will serve as an inspiration for other BC aboriginal businesses. Further information on the 2012 BC Aboriginal Business Awards recipients can be found here.

The First Nations Summit also encourages the submission of nominations for the 2013 Aboriginal Business Awards!
Click here for further information on how to submit a nomination.

2012 FNESC Conference: Reconciliation through Education

Archived webcasts of November 23 and 24, 2012: Opening, Justice Murray Sinclair, Panel on Reconciliation through Education, Grand Chief Edward John...

Grand Chief Edward John Keynote Presentation (PowerPoint) 2012

Ed John Speaks at the 7th International Forum on China's Energy Strategies and the 8th Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum

Ed John in Beijing

Ed John's Speech: "Thunderbird Rising-First Nations on the move"

On 20th Anniversary of Treaty Negotiations in BC; First Nations Summit leaders call for renewed commitment from governments

September 21, Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) - The signing of the BC Treaty Commission Agreement, 20 years ago today, marked a significant moment in the history of the relationship between the Crown and First Nations in BC. This agreement, signed by the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of BC and the leaders of the First Nations Summit, was celebrated by a sacred Coast Salish cultural ceremony, which honored the parties' commitments to move beyond their difficult past and build a new relationship based on mutual trust, respect and understanding. Unfortunately, negotiations have been far too slow, far too costly and have not met these commitments.

Read the Press Release

VIDEO: Highlights of the 1992 BCTC Agreement Signing Ceremony

Fifth anniversary of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: protection of Indigenous peoples' rights to lands, territories and resources more urgent than ever

September 12, 2012 - There is urgent need to uphold international human rights standards in response to intensive resource development activities affecting the lands of Indigenous peoples at home and abroad. Read the Joint Statement [pdf, 22 kb]

Senate Standing Committee Report Recommends Immediate Action on BC Treaty Implementation

"A Commitment Worth Preserving: Reviving the British Columbia Treaty Process": Report of the Senate standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples [PDF, 143 kb]

FNS Press Release, June 28: First Nations Summit welcomes Senate Standing Committee report on BC treaty negotiations, encourages Canada to take urgent action to implement recommendations

First Nations Summit rejects and condemns the BC Court of Appeal (BCAA) decision in the Tsilhqot'in Nation case

FNS Press Release, June 29: First Nations Condemn Turning Back of Legal Clock by BC Court of Appeal in Tsilhqot'in Decision

BC Court of Appeal Decision: William v. British Columbia [PDF, 657 kb]

Tsilhqot'in National Government Press Release

FNS Factum submitted to BCCA in William v. BC

Opinion/Editorial by Grand Chief Edward John: For Whom Do Justice Bells Ring?

First Nations Summit welcomes federal report on treaty negotiations in BC, encourages Canada to take urgent action to implement recommendations

Coast Salish Territory/ Vancouver, BC, May 4 - The First Nations Summit welcomes the long-awaited public release of the report on treaty negotiations in BC by James Lornie, Special Representative to the Hon. John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. Read the Press Release... [PDF, 30 kb]


Ancient Musqueam Marpole village site must be protected from further desecration

Musqueam potest ancient village desecration Musqueam rally to fight for protection and preservation of ancient village site

Coast Salish Territory/ Vancouver, BC, May 3 - First Nations Summit leaders are speaking out in support of the Musqueam Nation in their continuing fight to protect the remains of their ancestors located on the former Musqueam village site now known as the Marpole Midden.

MORE: FNS Press Release [PDF, 67 kb]

Open Letter: Groups affirm boycott of discriminatory Missing Women Commission

Groups affirm boycott of Missing Women Commission

Fifteen organizations issued letters directed to Commissioner Wally Oppal confirming that they will not be participating in the “second phase” of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, citing concerns about discrimination and the conduct of the Commission to date. Read the Press Release and Letters [PDF, 1 GB]

First Nations Summit withdraws from participation in Missing Women Commission of Inquiry: An Open Letter to Wally Oppal, Q.C., Commissioner

March 6, 2012

The First Nations Summit today released an open letter to Wally Oppal, Commissioner of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. The letter concluded that given recent developments, including the withdrawal of the Independent Legal Counsel for Aboriginal interests and the overall conduct of the Inquiry, the voices of the families of the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and Aboriginal communities are clearly not being heard or respected. Therefore, given the realization that the Inquiry will clearly not be able to fulfill a critical part of its mandate, the First Nations Summit has indicated it has no choice but to withdraw as an active participant in the Inquiry.

Download and read the Press Release and Open Letter [PDF]

First Nations Summit presents to
Missing Women Commission of Inquiry

October 12, 2011

Coast Salish Territory/ Vancouver, BC – Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit Political Executive appeared before the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday October 12, 2011 to make a presentation on behalf of the First Nations Summit.

Download the full text of the presentation here.

BC First Nations & China: Transforming Relationships

First Nations and China: Transforming RelationshipsThe First Nations Leadership Council and Asia Pacific Foundation Canada have jointly launched “First Nations & China: Transforming Relationships”. The strategy is aimed at cultivating stronger relations with China and responding to growing commercial interest from Asia to British Columbia’s natural resources sector, the respective traditional territories of First Nations. Read Press Release

REPORT: First Nations & China: Transforming Relationships

Op/Ed: Investing in a first nations -China strategy by Grand Chief EDWARD JOHN and YUEN PAU WOO - Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 in the Globe and Mail


The First Nations Summit represents the interests of First Nations working to negotiate treaties throughout the province of British Columbia.

Operating from its office in North Vancouver, the Summit does not carry out the actual negotiations, providing instead crucial support and resources to First Nations working to make treaties.

The Summit recognizes that some B.C. First Nations have chosen not to participate in the treaty-making process. The Summit respects each First Nation's right to determine its own course of action.

The 1991 Report of the British Columbia Claims Task Force Report lays the foundation for the treaty process in this province. The First Nations Summit adopted fundamental principles, which are the basis of our discussions with Canada and British Columbia.

The Summit works hard to provide a friendly, inclusive environment where people can share ideas and strategies as they work to negotiate treaties in an effective and timely manner.


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Report on Key Findings of the BC First Nations Consultation and Accommodation Working Group [PDF Download]

Advancing an Indigenous Framework

"Advancing an Indigenous Framework for Consultation and Accommodation in BC"

Community to Community (C2C) Program

C2C | Community Forums

The Union of BC Municipalities and First Nations Summit are pleased to announce that funding for local government and First Nation regional Community to Community Forums is available again this fall with renewed financial support from the provincial and federal governments.


June 19, 2017: C2C Memo to FNs re Available 2017 SUMMER Funding [PDF]

2017/18 SUMMER Program Guide [PDF]

2017/18 SUMMER Application Form [WORD DOC: Deadline June 30, 2017]

C2C 2017/18 SUMMER Final Report Form [WORD DOC]

C2C GuideGuide to Commumity to Community Forums in BC [PDF, 579 kb]


United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

Ed John Statement: Fifth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

September 12, 2012: Fifth anniversary of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: protection of Indigenous peoples' rights to lands, territories and resources more urgent than ever. Read the JOINT STATEMENT [pdf]

Grand Chief Edward John travels to UN Headquarters for International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
[Aug 2012, Read Interview]

Report on the 11th Session
[May 2012 PDF, 117 kb]

FNS Congratulates Grand Chief Edward John (Akile Ch'oh) appointment as Chair of the UNPFII
[May 2012 PDF, 46 kb]

Grand Chief Edward John Presents at United Nations Expert Meeting on Indigenous Peoples and Forests
[January 2011]
Press Release PDF | Ed John Presentation PDF

Joint Statement in Response to Canada’s Endorsement of the UN Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples
[November 2010, PDF]

Canada’s endorsement of the UN Declaration must be consistent with human rights [March 2010, PDF]

We Know Who We Are and We Lift Up Our People
We Know Who We Are and We Lift Up Our People

This report has been prepared as part of the First Nations Summit’s participation in Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s (AANDC) “Exploratory Process” regarding Bill C-3. The Exploratory Process was announced at the time Bill C-3 was tabled in the federal Parliament to address concerns raised by First Nations and others about Bill C-3. The Exploratory Process is intended to examine and explore broader issues related to First Nations citizenship, Band Membership and registration as Status Indians.

DOWNLOAD HERE (PDF: March, 2012, 497 Kb)

Realizing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Book
Realizing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Triumph, Hope, and Action
Edited by Jackie Hartley, Paul Joffe, and Jennifer Preston

“The Declaration is a visionary step towards addressing the human rights of indigenous peoples” proclaimed United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “[I]t provides a momentous opportunity for States and indigenous peoples to ... promote reconciliation and ensure that the past is not repeated.” Contributors to this collection discuss the realization of the Declaration, and ways and means to implement it. For further information and to order a copy visit Purich Publishing

UN DRIP Fact Sheet (PDF: June, 2011)


Vancouver Sun

Dark Past. Hopeful Future.
A Vancouver Sun series looking at First Nations in BC.

Summit Editorial: "Problems plaguing treaty tallks not of First Nations Making" [pdf]

The Tyee

Summit Editorial: "A New Day for BC Native Claims"


Joint Executive Bulletins

For Past Leadership Council Updates, go to the PDF Document Library Joint Executive Info Bulletin

Guide to Aboriginal Organizations and Services in British Columbia

Treaty Negotiations in BC
First Nations Summit and the Treaty Process

The Six-Stage Process to Treaty-Making in BC

"Cautious Optimism: The Summit Perspective on Treaty Negotiations"
— published in February, 2003 Bartalk, a publication of the Canadian Bar Association [PDF, requires Acrobat Reader].

Treaties in British Columbia: A Timeline


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