B.C. Green Party statement on National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2017

VICTORIA B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, and Adam Olsen, party Spokesperson for Intergovernmental Affairs issued the following statement in recognition of National Aboriginal Day:

“Today we celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people,” Weaver said. “As we approach the next session of the B.C. Legislature, the B.C. Green Caucus re-commits to being better listeners and to act in good faith with Indigenous partners. This includes advocating for a bottom-up, community-based  approach to resource and development projects.”

Olsen, who was born and raised on the Tsartlip First Nation and is the first W̱SÁNEĆ person to represent Saanich North and the Islands in the B.C. Legislature, added: 

“Actions speak louder than words. I am proud that the adoption of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People are foundational elements of the Confidence and Supply Agreement our caucus has signed to support a BC NDP government. This is entirely consistent with the commitments of the Federal Government. These words must be followed up by action, it is time to move past the limited language of consultation, accommodation and engagement and establish consent-based relationships and decision-making with Indigenous leaders.” 

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