Media Advisory - BC Assembly of First Nations

on 'sustainable communities' and the long term health of our environment, all
First Nations and British Columbians can share in future prosperity," said AFN
BC Regional Chief A-in-chut (ShawnAtleo), "First Nations are open to looking
for broad solutions and invite government, industry and business to join them.
This 5th Regional Chief's Special Assembly provides the opportunity to bring
all parties together to find common solutions so we can all share in the
benefits of sustainable economic development across all sectors including,
forestry, fisheries, mining, and energy in First Nations territories."

    What: "Rebuilding our Economies and Repairing our Environment" AFN BC
    Regional Chief A-in-chut (Shawn Atleo) will be hosting a special assembly
    to which chiefs from all 203 First Nations in BC have been invited

    Where: Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo
    B.C./Snuneymuxw Traditional Territory.

    When: Monday February 23, 2009, 8:30am-4:30pm - Tuesday February 24,
    2009, 8:30am-5:00pm.

    Who: Keynote speakers:
      -  Feb 23 10:00am: The Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier of BC
      -  Feb 24 11:00am: Dr. David Suzuki

         Panel presenters:
      -  Chief Shane Gottfriedson and Chief Judith Sayers
      -  Grand Chief Edward John and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
      -  Milton Wong, Ian Gill, Jim Sinclair


    "This will be the first opportunity for chiefs representing BC's more
than 200,000 First Nations people to assess last week's throne speech and
budget and discuss their own goals for developing sustainable economies in
BC," The Regional Chief said. "Their responses and ideas will be of
significant importance, bearing in mind that half the potential mining and
energy resource development projects in Canada are in BC and virtually all
would impact on First Nations traditional lands."
    Chiefs from across the country, including from Manitoba, Quebec, and
Ontario have accepted the Regional Chief's invitation to discuss
inter-regional and inter-tribal trade. In the pursuit of greater
understanding, opportunities, and partnerships, members of the business and
industry community have been invited to attend and join in the discussion with
First Nations. More information can be found on

For further information:

For further information: Ryneld Starr, Communications Officer, Cell:
(604) 837-6908, Office: (604) 922-7733

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