Today, the North West Indigenous Council Society (NWIC) has announced that it will undertake a consultation on Indian Registration, Band Membership and First Nation Citizenship. This consultation meeting will take place from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Britannia Community Services Centre’s Astorino’s venue, located at 1739 Venables Street in Vancouver.
In June 2018, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a “comprehensive and meaningful consultation” that would involve joint work with First Nations and Indigenous organizations across Canada. The NWIC consultation meeting is part of this larger process that will wrap up on April 3, 2019. The discussions are expected to go beyond Indian Act registration and Band Membership issues and focus on the broader issues associated with self-government and self-determination.
Ms. Claudette Dumont-Smith, Minister Bennett’s Special Representative, will be attending the NWIC consultation. She is lending her expertise to the process concerning the core issues of Indian Registration, Band Membership and First Nation citizenship. Ms. Dumont-Smith is responsible for preparing a final report on the consultation activities, as well as the recommendations that will be used in a report to Parliament that must be tabled by June 12, 2019.
The mandate of NWIC is to enhance, promote, protect and foster the social, economic, educational, cultural, health, well-being and rights of Indigenous Peoples within British Columbia. We embrace and promote the 46 articles contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We promote reconciliation and the 94 Calls to Action contained in the Truth and Reconciliation Report and strive to build a unified voice and vision on core issues impacting Indigenous peoples in British Columbia.
For more information contact:
Scott Clark, President
North West Indigenous Council Society