Terse words launch annual gathering of B.C. Politicians, First Nations

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip didn’t hide his frustration as he delivered opening remarks at the annual gathering of  aboriginal leaders and B.C. cabinet ministers. In a speech immediately following comments from B.C.’s  Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad, Phillip shredded Rustad’s remarks about progress on First Nations issues, and creation of bus service along the so-called “Highway of Tears.” Phillip said if it takes that many words to describe how well a relationship is working, then it’s not working at all. He hammered the B-C Liberal government for ignoring First Nations opposition and proceeding with the Site C dam, saying the government has not been responsive to aboriginal concerns since former premier Gordon Campbell was in power….

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