VANCOUVER, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - "The future is now," said Chief Wayne Christian (Splatsin) to open his campaign to become President of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC).
"We know the issues and we've known them for far too long. I now ask BC First Nations for the opportunity to lead; to work with you and to move forward with practical community-driven solutions; to restore our vitality and prosperity as Nations today; and to care for, mentor and prepare the generations of tomorrow," he added.
He starts his campaign with committed support from different parts of the province.
"Chief Wayne Christian brings a fresh outlook and renewed energy to the table," said Chief Willie Charlie (Sts'ailes). "This is the kind of direction that we need in order to move forward," he added.
"We support Chief Christian because of his efforts to promote traditional protocols between Nations. These values are vital to protecting our inherent governance rights," said Annita McPhee (Chair, Tahltan Central Council). "We see in Chief Christian, respect for our Nations. He doesn't just put us all in one big blanket," she added.
"For years I've witnessed Chief Christian's dedication to listen to our people and to voice their concerns to the Prime Minister, the Premier, to all who need to learn and understand why our land is our future," said Chief Shane Gottfriedson (Tk'emlups Indian Band). "BC First Nations must play an integral role in decision-making and resource revenue-sharing in our traditional territories and Chief Christian is the leader who will take us to that table," he added.
Chief Christian will be visiting First Nations' communities throughout BC in anticipation of the vote this September 16th in Vancouver.
SOURCE CHIEF WAYNE CHRISTIAN
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