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BCBC Statement on Election of BCAFN Regional Chief Teegee

Statement from Greg D’Avignon, President and CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia on the election of Terry Teegee as the Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations:

“On behalf of the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC), our board and our membership, I congratulate Regional Chief Teegee on his election to lead the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN). The BCAFN plays an integral role advancing reconciliation and the social and economic interests of BC’s First Nations. We know this important work will be continued to advance our mutual interests and goals through the leadership of Regional Chief Teegee and the newly elected board members.  

“The BCBC is proud to have entered into a partnership with the BCAFN through the signing of our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in September of 2016. Our MOU is a commitment from both organizations to work together on solutions to eliminate the societal gaps between First Nations and non-First Nations, and to advance reconciliation through sustainable economic development. Together, we have jointly launched province-wide initiatives which have brought this MOU to life. 

“Through our collaboration we have established the Champions Table, an innovative and regular meeting place where CEOs and First Nations Chiefs come together to build mutual trust and understanding. The Champions Table members are acting on opportunities, discussing and breaking down barriers and working jointly to develop and advance capacity. Together they are developing more effective and certain approaches for sustainable economic development to occur that further reconciliation with First Nations. The continued work of this group will make a meaningful contribution to the future of all British Columbians.   

“Just last month, we launched the Indigenous Intern Leadership Program which will provide qualifying Indigenous graduates from recognized post-secondary institutions with two year internship opportunities with leading BC companies.  This initiative aims to build strong foundations towards lasting careers, support Indigenous interns as future community leaders and build capacity in many First Nations communities. 

“I would like to thank outgoing acting Regional Chief Maureen Chapman for her leadership this year as we advanced the principles laid out in our MOU. We look forward to continuing this important work in partnership with the newly elected Regional Chief Teegee and BCAFN Board members.  Through partnership and collaboration we can advance economic reconciliation and prosperity for First Nations people, and all British Columbians.”

Cheryl Maitland Muir