First Nations group applauds Trudeau move

Secwepemc Leadership welcomes Trudeau’s announced cabinet shuffle in Indigenous Affairs department

Secwepemc Leadership welcomes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announced cabinet shuffle in the Indigenous Affairs department in a move to improve the relationship with Indigenous people.

Putting an end to the Indian Act and paternalism was Trudeau’s theme as he announced splitting the Indigenous Affairs department into two new departments with two new ministers: Indigenous Services and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.

“We recognize that a renewed relationship can’t be built using colonial structures,” said Trudeau.

The Secwepemc Nation, which is currently governed by 17 Indian Act Bands and two tribal councils – the Northern Shuswap and Shuswap Nation – is committed to re-asserting its jurisdiction and sovereignty within Secwepemc territory land.

Kukpi7 Wayne Christian of the Splatsin First Nation acknowledged that Secwepemc Kukukpi7 are committed to ensuring that they do their share of the work to implement the changes needed on their end of the spectrum.

“The Canadian government isn’t the only government that holds responsibilities for these shifts in changes,” said Christian. “The Secwepemc governments need to be prepared to act so we can move the work along to bring changes to fruition which cannot happen in a vacuum.

“It is imperative that the Secwepemc Nation continues with its work towards implementing self­ government nation. If the Canadian government wants to decolonize its structure then the Nation will walk parallel with the Canadian government.”

Christian said Secwepemc is “fully prepared and equipped to assert ourselves and have been ready to move forward alongside the Government of Canada for decades.”

Communities in Secwepemculecw {Secwepemc traditional territory) will continue taking steps towards the revitalization of Secwepemc-led governments and Secwepemc-led institutions,” said Christian.

Just Posted

Lake Country Winter Blues Fest bigger and better in its second year

Organizer Ryan Donn says he’s already planning the 2019 edition

Reel Reviews: The Commuter arrives, but The Post delivers

We say, “The Post is taut and electric. The Commuter is clever.”

Street Sounds: Free funk grooves

Bahamas goes down a smooth, funky road on his fourth album, Earthtones

Vernon seniors accomodation society holds meeting

Abbeyfield Houses Society holds its annual general meeting Jan. 27

Okanagan woman’s generosity honoured

For Hazel Turchinetz, volunteering has always been about the animals

What’s happening

Find out about events happening in your community this weekend

Tychonik continues scoring run

Vees chalk up another win with Pink in the Rink

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Most Read