Government Commitments

Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

Wet’suwet’en conflict

January 10, 2019

UBCIC – Premier John Horgan compared the Province’s role in the ongoing conflict in Wet’suwet’en territory with the recent consent-based negotiations in the Broughton Archipelago with the ‘Namgis, Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwa’mis and Mamalilikulla First Nations. The big difference is that the latter “included jointly developed consent-based process where our Title and Rights were recognized and as a result, we included our hereditary leadership in decision-making on outcomes. That’s an extremely important distinction because for us, that’s how we respected Delgamuukw and the wishes of our people”. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

“As the Supreme Court of Canada recognized in Delgamuukw, inherent Wet’suwet’en Title to their territory has never been extinguished. The Proper Title holders must provide their free, prior and informed consent to any project in their territory.” Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of the UBCIC