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BC First Nations leader give province 1-year to reach a deal

BC First Nations leader give province 1-year to reach a deal

BC’s First Nations leaders have set a one-year deadline for the province to negotiate a far-reaching reconciliation deal, or face a return to court battles and barricades.

About 500 of the leaders, who are meeting with Premier Christy Clark and members of her cabinet, are expected to sign a working agreement tomorrow.

The agreement is meant to set goals for a reconciliation pact guiding future relations between the province and its aboriginal peoples.

Union of BC Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says there is growing anger at the slow pace of change and called for an end to what he termed an antiquated mindset.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says there is enormous frustration from aboriginal communities facing crushing poverty in BC.

While Phillip commended those First Nations that have successfully engaged in the economies around them, they’re the exceptions.

Phillip says chiefs attending a UBCIC caucus meeting gave officials an earful about the need to act.

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