(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – October 22, 2020:
The Union of BC Indian Chiefs Chiefs-in-Assembly condemn any acts of violence and aggression committed against the Mi’kmaw fishers and attempts to hinder Mi’kmaw members exercising their legal fishing rights and passed Resolution 2020-33 directing UBCIC to continue to take action and provide support.
We are watching with horror at the racist and violence actions being perpetrated against the Mi’kmaw as they assert their constitutionally protected Treaty Rights and carry out their lobster fishery.
Below is a call out from Seit-cha Terry Dorward, Deputy Chief Tla o qui aht First Nations, who is urging all UBCIC members to match or exceed the donation from Tla o qui aht for $1,000. We are grateful to Seit-cha for this call and we echo and support it. UBCIC will also make a donation of $2000 to support the Sipekne'katik First Nation and we urge others to donate what you can!
Please visit this living document to read background and ways to help including links to email and call your elected officials, lists of supplies needed, emails to subscribe to for updates, a list of Mi’kmaw accounts to follow and amplify on social media, and resources to share with family and friends as well as donation information. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u_LF_bCFBbSijzqJgHNh4-MfpYz0hfdv/view. (See below for the current text as of October 23, 2020.)