March 15, 2007
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Government of Canada
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Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier
Government of British Columbia
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Dear Prime Minister Harper and Premier Campbell:
Please find enclosed a copy of UBCIC Resolution 2007-01 entitled Hwlitsum Support, a duly passed resolution which was unanimously endorsed at the UBCIC Chiefs Council of January 30, 2007.
The UBCIC Executive conveys its complete support of the Hwlitsum First Nation to protect their Aboriginal Title. Furthermore, we fully support the Hwlitsum First Nation’s right to a full and complete consultation process that will properly accommodate their Aboriginal Title interest before ratification of the Tsawwassen treaty.
Chief Stewart Phillip
Chief Robert Shintah
Chief Mike Retasket
Chief Raymond Wilson, Hwlitsum First Nation
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada - Honourable Jim Prentice Minister – FAX (819) 953-4941
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation - Honourable Michael De Jong, Minister - FAX (250) 953-4856
UNION OF B.C. INDIAN CHIEFS
Resolution no. 2007-01
RE: Hwlitsum Support
WHEREAS the Chiefs Council honour the efforts which the Hwlitsum people have made in order to advance the recognition of the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples to their Aboriginal Title territories;
WHEREAS the UBCIC fully support efforts made by all Indigenous Peoples to take action to assert and protect their Aboriginal Title; and
WHEREAS UBCIC recognizes that the advancement of our inherent rights as Indigenous Peoples will flow from the political will of our Peoples and our willingness to take a stand to fight for our Aboriginal Title.
WHEREAS the Hwlitsum First Nation and the Tsawwassen First Nation signed a letter of protocol on September 27, 2000 that states:
The Tsawwassen First Nation and the Hwlitsum First Nation support each other’s pursuit of a just and honourable treaty with Canada and British Columbia. Each nation is proud of their Coast Salish heritage and are intent on maintaining good relations with all other Coast Salish people
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chiefs Council continue to fully support the actions of Hwlitsum First Nation to fully protect their Aboriginal Title; and
THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Chiefs Council support the Hwlitsum First Nation’s position that they should be fully consulted and the overlap issue be resolved before a treaty is ratified.
Moved: Chief Fabian Alexis, Okanagan Indian Band
Seconded: Chief Ron Ignace, Skeetchestn Indian Band
Date: January 30, 2007
UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.