The First Nations Fisheries Council of British Columbia works to implement the BC First Nations Fisheries Action Plan, a foundation for First Nations to seek increasing shares in the BC fishery and greater involvement in fisheries management and decision making. We work with BC First Nations to protect, reconcile and advance Aboriginal Title and Rights and Treaty Rights related to the health and protection of fish and aquatic resources and access for food, social, cultural and economic purposes.
We encourage all CSFN members who are eligible to vote to make an effort to vote.
Here is some information for you.
Check out our information sheet on the BC Election major parties' First Nations platforms:
Vote! Vote! Vote! Make your voice count!
Read up and be knowledgeable about how the different parties will work for First Nations. Check out the following links for information on First Nations platforms for the New Democratic Party (NDP), Liberal Party and the Green Party:
Green: coming shortly!
Deadline to apply is April 19, 2017.
Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants are meant to support school districts and groups of First Nations and/or independent schools, in identifying, addressing and assessing priorities in the area of mental well-being through strengthening partnerships within the health and education sectors, and with community partners. Grants are available for up to $5,000.
For more information go to the link below:
Friday April 7, 2017
The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council’s (CSTC) Tribal Chief Terry Teegee calls for the resignation of the Hon. Lynn Beyak as a member of the Senate of Canada following repeated statements by the Senator defending the Indian Residential School system.
Even though Senator Beyak has traced her origins to northwestern Ontario, a region with deep racial divides, and has mentioned her previous proximity with First Nations she cannot directly know the pain and suffering endured over generations despite her assertions. Her position in the highest levels of government is being used as a platform to express and spread misguided information about Indigenous peoples. She has publicly refused to meet with experts to be educated on this issue and, to this day, has refused to step down from her position as a member of the Senate of Canada despite the upswell of voices demanding action. It is clear that Senator Beyak refuses to accept responsibility for the welfare of all of her constituents, and more widely, the many vulnerable peoples within Canada’s jurisdiction.
The Government of Canada has recognized that “the policy of assimilation was wrong, has caused great harm, and has no place in our country.” This great harm will continue to impact Canada’s Indigenous people, and Canadian society, far into the future. Senator Beyak has been dismissive of this fact with her comments and we cannot trust her to work in the best interests of First Nations. Even though she has been removed from The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples her lack of knowledge and compassion will have wide reaching impacts in other areas of Canadian politics. If she cannot take the time to learn and understand her constituents, especially when they offer her the opportunity, she cannot adequately represent all those under her jurisdiction and beyond. Her actions and decisions will put at risk the hard work currently underway, advancing reconciliation and the renewal of the nation-to-nation relationship between the governments of Canada and Indigenous peoples.
Tribal Chief Terry Teegee states, “We need politicians and employees at all levels of government to be well-informed, coherent and passionate about the issues affecting the welfare of the people whose very lives are dependent on them. Senator Beyak’s outright refusal to listen to alternate perspectives and only focus on those voices who praise and agree with her demonstrates her political failure and we are seeking her resignation.”
In this region LeJac Residential School was one of 130 boarding schools for First Nations children and was closed in 1976. Generations of Dakelh, Sekani and Gitxsan were forced to attend this school, and within the wall of this toxic place our young people suffered humiliation, pain, sexual abuse, and for some, their journey ended. Currently many Indigenous peoples are dealing with physical and emotional issues resulting from this multigenerational trauma.
The Province, the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and seven Carrier Sekani First Nations have completed an agreement that will increase the First Nations’ participation in the forest economy, while setting the stage to advance reconciliation.
Whubats’ut’en Nus Whetee Agreement – the Interim Pathway Forward Agreement – sets out commitments between B.C. and Carrier Sekani First Nations to jointly improve stewardship, business and job opportunities in the forestry sector.
The agreement includes measures to support Carrier Sekani forestry, business development and partnerships, and deeper participation in forest-resource management and environmental stewardship.
Joint initiatives in the agreement will seek to boost the skilled labour force and promote new partnership opportunities between Carrier Sekani and non-Carrier Sekani forestry operators, as well as providing stability and operational predictability on the land base across north-central British Columbia.
The Interim Pathway Forward Agreement also establishes a forum for B.C. and Carrier Sekani First Nations to explore reconciliation approaches. Both will work together to develop the outline of a potential long-term reconciliation agreement that addresses the economic, social, cultural and environmental interests of the First Nations, the role of Canada, and facilitates ongoing reconciliation between the Crown and Carrier Sekani First Nations.
Nadleh Whut’en, Nak’azdli Whut’en, Saik’uz, Stellat’en, Takla Lake, Tl’azt’en, Burns Lake (Ts’il Kaz Koh) First Nations, and the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council are signatories to the Interim Pathway Forward Agreement, which has a one-year term with options for renewal.
The combined traditional territories of the Carrier Sekani First Nations accounts for approximately 78,000 square kilometres (7.8 million hectares) in north-central B.C.
The population of the Carrier Sekani communities is more than 10,000 people living on- and off-reserve, including in Takla Lake, Tachie, Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Prince George, and Vancouver.
For more information contact Annette Schroeter, Communications Coordinator, (250)562-6279 ext231
Link to BC Information Bulletin:
The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) is hosting an information session on the progress and system of Government-to-Government negotiations.
The purpose is to introduce a new Pathway Forward Agreement that would see them and its seven member bands work on any outstanding issues with the province.
Wednesday April 5, 2017, 5 - 8 PM
Nusdeh Yoh Elementary School Gym, 2579 Victoria St., Prince George.
For more information click on the link below:
or contact Annette Schroeter (250)562-6279.
West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL) has launched the Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water project (RELAW) last year with the support of the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria. The RELAW project aims to deepen community-based capacity to engage in articulation, revitalization, and application of Indigenous law to environmental decision-making and proactive land and resources management. WCEL is seeking expressions of interest from First Nations by March 17th, 2017 to be part of the second cohort of RELAW participants
First Nations Fisheries Council of British Columbia will be hosting a Water Wednesday webinar on February 22nd at 10 am PST with Maxine Matilpi, RELAW Project Manager. She will provide an overview of the project and answer questions. Please register for the webinar here:
The CSTC periodically is looking for motivated and skilled people to join our team. The CSTC is an equal opportunity employer, and we support First Nations applicants.
Aboriginal Youth Internship Program
Deadline extended until April 26th.
An exciting opportunity to become a part of something bigger and to create positive social change. Youth from ages 19-29 may apply online today! https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=38856
For more information about Aboriginal Youth Internship Program (AYIP) check out this site: https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=38856
Carney Hill Neighbourhood Centre
Bus Driver Position
Provides supervision and transportation services for children and families enrolled in CHNC Programs and Services.
For more information visit the site below:
On April 2, 2015 the Carrier Sekani First Nations (CSFN) came to agreement with British Columbia on two ground breaking Agreements, the Collaboration Agreement (CA) and the Environmental and Socio Cultural Initiatives Agreement (ESCIA).
You can find information on the Agreements’ goals, status, and progress in implementation. We will also be providing updates on the Agreements here.
The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) has developed a First Nations Referrals Officer Training Program (ROTP) that is focused on assisting First Nations with building capacity to manage referrals and consultation requests regarding natural resource management projects. This ROTP project was based on work that the BC Aboriginal Mentoring and Training Association (BC AMTA) had started, which is now managed by CSTC. Funding for delivery of the ROTP have come from: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and the Strategic Partnership Initiative (SPI), TransCanada Pipelines, and BC AMTA.