Dakelh Territory, Prince George: Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is ready to resume working with the new Premier, John Horgan and his newly appointed cabinet as they take their place to serve the people of British Columbia. The new administration have committed themselves to action and setting the respectful standard for the treatment of Indigenous Peoples. John Horgan has emphasized that the time for change is now and that reconciliation is a priority for the NDP government.
CSTC anticipates their leadership will be immediately engaging with cabinet ministers, Doug Donaldson, Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development; Michelle Mungall, Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources; Scott Fraser, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; George Heyman, Environment; and Melanie Mark, Advanced Education and Skills Training.
“Resuming the Government-to-Government talks are our highest priority as we work toward social and economic sustainability for our people now and into the future,” states Terry Teegee. “These objectives will be met by negotiating decision-making, revenue sharing, economic development and community-based social development plans into a final comprehensive agreement.”
Education is another priority for First Nations and Tribal Chief Terry Teegee looks forward to engaging with Education Minister Rob Fleming to begin tackling issues that developed under the Liberal government’s administration.
In addition, CSTC looks forward to the immediate implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the principles and provisions of the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia.