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November 6th, 2015
Northern Shuswap Tribal Council delighted with new Liberal government Cabinet
The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council, pleased with the election of a Liberal majority government which includes a record 10 Indigenous Members of Parliament, is delighted with Prime Minister Trudeau’s cabinet appointments announced earlier this week.
BC’s First Nations, who have been seeking the inclusion of more indigenous members in cabinet, look forward to the Trudeau government following through with significant commitments of more transparency and efficiency working with Canada’s indigenous communities, including the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) and 43 other Nations in British Columbia currently engaged in the treaty process. “We need to continue working together as members of the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council on behalf of the northern Secwepemc people. Our many years of work toward treaty continues, as we look forward to a future of self-governance”, states Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Ann Louie.
The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council congratulates Toronto-St. Paul’s Member of Parliament Carolyn Bennet, formerly the Minister of State for Public Health and Liberal Critic for Aboriginal Affairs, in having been appointed as Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs. The Honorable Carolyn Bennet brings knowledge, experience and dedication to her portfolio and will undoubtedly help move reconciliation forward with BC First Nations through fairly negotiated and honorable implemented treaties. With almost a third of BC First Nations potentially implementing a new future through modern treaties, it demonstrates that the BC treaty process can lead the country in reconciliation.
It is also with great pride that the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council congratulates former BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief, Jody Wilson-Raybould, for being appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; an extremely important and influential role within the federal government. This “historic” appointment signals the relationship between the Crown and the Indigenous peoples in Canada is about to undergo an unprecedented and positive shift. The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council welcomes a First Nations person from BC who has demonstrated such passion and commitment to self-governance, as a former Treaty Commissioner.
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