TSAWWASSEN, BC, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Senator Larry Campbell and B.C.
Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Mary Polak brought
greetings and recognition of significant progress by Tsawwassen First
Nation (TFN) as it opened its fifth legislative session of Canada's
first urban First Nation Government last night.
TFN Chief Kim Baird recognized the long-standing and committed support
Senator Campbell had given the Tsawwassen People as they worked over 14
years to negotiate a Treaty. "Senator Campbell was always there for
us," said Chief Baird. "He was instrumental in helping us with our
Treaty in Ottawa."
"A long time ago, when I was Mayor of Vancouver, I watched in awe as the
Tsawwassen people worked on their Treaty with a young Chief Kim Baird",
said Senator Campbell. "Today they are a good example for other First
Nations, especially in areas such as education and housing. My hope is
that TFN will continue as a leader for other First Nations who have
unique strengths and needs too."
"I am pleased that Minister Polak is also with us today, representing
the government of Premier Christy Clark," said Chief Baird. "It means
a lot to our People what the B.C. Government has done to make our
government a reality. We have a good relationship. We appreciate that
Minister Polak and the B.C Government have become partners in a number
of our endeavors."
Minister Polak congratulated the TFN for achieving major successes in
becoming a new government. "The value of your Treaty and self
government is the empowerment it gives you to multiply opportunities
for you and your children," said Minister Polak. "Your goals are
similar to our goals in the Provincial Government -- using economic
development and job creation to support your families and your
community. We are happy to partner with you on some significant files
as you continue to develop your government and your future. "
Chief Baird expressed gratitude for other friends being on hand for the
opening ceremony, including B.C. Government Deputy Speaker Linda Reid.
"You honor us with your presence and support," she said.
The opening ceremonies began with the Members of the Legislature being
drummed into the longhouse, along with the distinguished guest
speakers. The current session of TFN's Legislature is scheduled to
close on November 23, 2011.
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Attachment: Fact Sheet - "TFN: Current Appropriate Terminology"
May 10, 2011
TFN: CURRENT APPROPRIATE TERMINOLOGY
The Tsawwassen Legislature unanimously approved a motion, sponsored by
Legislative Member Ken Baird, to examine strategies to reduce and
remove the use of certain incorrect and potentially offensive terms in
reference to Tsawwassen First Nation. The Legislature expressed a
concern that certain terms used under the Indian Act are no longer
appropriate or correct. Terms specifically referenced in the motion
included 'Indian', 'band', and 'reserve'.
"We have escaped the terrible repression of the Indian Act, but its
words became part of our language, and they are hard to erase", said
Chief Kim Baird, "It is still a learning process, both within our own
community and around the country. We hope to change the words that are
used to refer to Tsawwassen First Nation and its Members. It is one
more step in getting away from the Indian Act, which kept us apart and
separate, and one more step towards reconciliation."
GUIDE FOR USE:
Correct Equivalent Term
First Nation or Treaty First Nation
Tsawwassen Indian Band
Tsawwassen First Nation
First Nation Lands
Band or Band Council
Tsawwassen Government (general term) or
or Legislature (specific body, if required)
or Executive Council (specific body, if required)
TFN Administration Office
*Certain Tsawwassen Members, if eligible under the Indian Act, R.S.C. 1985, c.I-5, continue to be status Indians for the purposes of
that legislation. Despite its legal significance, the resolution in
the Tsawwassen Legislature expresses a desire to no longer be known by
the term 'Indian'.
SOURCE Tsawwassen First Nation
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