Union of BC Indian Chiefs Supports Attawapiskat Council. Donations Accepted Through Red Cross

December 3, 2011
(Vancouver BC, December 3, 2011) Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, stated today "To the Attawapiskat Chief and Council, we have read your urgent letters of appeal. On behalf of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, we fully support your position that the Government of Canada has engaged in a game of 'political deflection' at this time of community crisis. We look forward to working with Attawapiskat Council at the upcoming Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly."

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Chief Bob Chamberlin and Chief Marilyn Baptiste have personally pledged to collectively donate $1,100.00 to the Attawapiskat through the Canadian Red Cross. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs will also donate $500.00. The Attawapiskat Council has requested that the Red Cross coordinate donations on their behalf.

"We urge all Indigenous Peoples, band councils, tribal councils and provincial organizations to consider donating to Attawapiskat during this urgent crisis," said Grand Chief Phillip.

Financial donations may be made online at http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=41678&tid=001 by calling 1-800-418-1111 or through your local Canadian Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked "Attawapiskat" and can also be mailed to the Canadian Red Cross, Ontario Zone, 5700 Cancross Court, Mississauga, ON, L5R 3E9.

Media inquires:
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Phone: (604) 684-0231

UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.