June 3, 2009
This morning, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs was provided with an update from the Walk4Justice. The Walk4Justice is being undertaken by a group of dedicated individuals who are walking to Prince Rupert, BC in order to bring issues facing Aboriginal women and children to the forefront. The Walk4Justice is demanding a public inquiry into the more than 3000 unsolved cases of missing women and children in the last 10 years.
As the Chiefs received the Walk4Justice update from Chief Judy Wilson, Neskonlith Indian Band, spontaneous demonstrations of support were offered by fellow UBCIC Chiefs.
Chief Wayne Christian, Splatsin First Nation, Spokesperson of the Secwepemc Nation Tribal Council challenged all other BC Tribal Councils to match the donation of the Secwepemc Nation Tribal Council donation of $1000.00.
Chief Shane Gottfriedsen, Kamloops Indian Band, followed suit, by challenging all other BC First Nations to match the Kamloops Indian Band donation of $500.00 towards this worthy cause.
Donations can be made at any Scotiabank branch:
c/o Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Transit Number: 10140
Account Number: 00271-11.
The Union of BC Indian Chiefs Council has provided $1000.00 towards the Walk4Justice initiative.
For further information contact:
Union of BC Indian Chiefs
UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.