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Union of BC Indian Chiefs Supports Opposition to Proposed Sun Peaks Incorporation

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    NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY Marketwire FOR: Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs February 4, 2010 UBCIC Supports Opposition to Sun Peaks Incorporation Union
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 4, 2010
      NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY Marketwire




      FOR: Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs


      February 4, 2010

      UBCIC Supports Opposition to Sun Peaks Incorporation

      Union of BC Indian Chiefs Supports Opposition to Proposed Sun Peaks Incorporation

      Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Environment Editor,
      News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

      VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Feb. 4, 2010) - Neskonlith Indian
      Band's Chief Judy Wilson and Adams Lake Indian Band's Chief Nelson Leon have
      repeatedly voiced their communities' deep alarm over the complete lack of
      meaningful consultation in the face of the accelerated rate of community
      consultations with non-Native residents to incorporate Sun Peaks Resort as a
      municipal government.

      "The Union of BC Indian Chiefs fully supports the efforts of Chief Wilson and
      Chief Leon to ensure that the rights of their respective communities are
      recognized, respected and protected," stated Grand Chief Stewart Phillip,
      President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. "What started as a recreational
      tenure for a local ski hill, has turned into a massive four-season high-density
      resort which now desires to incorporate as a municipality. Once again, third
      party interests are granted and further enriched at the expense of the
      constitutionally protected land rights of Indigenous Peoples."

      In March 2007, the UBCIC Chiefs Council passed Resolution 2007-21 which noted
      the efforts in 2007 of Chief Wilson and Chief Leon to respond to the work of
      the Sun Peaks Incorporation Study Committee. Specifically, they stated their
      communities' opposition to the municipal incorporation and to the proposed
      Ministry of Forests' road construction to Sun Peaks Resort until their
      Aboriginal Title and Rights were addressed and their interests fully reconciled.

      Grand Chief Phillip concluded, "We agree with Chief Wilson and Chief Leon on
      Sun Peak's referendum, how can 209 votes overrule more than 7,000 Secwepemc
      people who possess unceded Secwepemc Title. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs
      fully supports meaningful consultation that respects Aboriginal Title and
      Rights and not a process where the economic or commercial interests of the
      privileged few trump ecological values and constitutionally protected
      Indigenous Title and Rights.
      /For further information: http://www.ubcic.bc.ca/


      IN: ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, JUSTICE, POLITICS


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      FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
      Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs
      Primary Phone: 250-490-5314
      Secondary Phone: 604-684-0231
      E-mail: president@...






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