First Nations Leaders Say It’s Back To Barricades If They Don’t Get A Deal With Christy Clark

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From left to right, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Grand Chief Edward John and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark listen during a gathering with cabinet ministers and First Nations leaders in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday September 11, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck ORG XMIT: VCRD108 From left to right, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Grand Chief Edward John and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark listen during a gathering with cabinet ministers and First Nations leaders in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday September 11, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS

By Dirk Meissner / The Canadian Press

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is expected to try and bridge the chasm that separates her government and the leaders of the province’s First Nations at a meeting in Vancouver today.

About 500 First Nations leaders are meeting with Clark and members of her cabinet again today with the aim of signing a joint government-First Nations working agreement.

But the chasm that separates her government and First Nations was clearly defined yesterday when talks got underway at a Vancouver hotel for the second annual all-chiefs meetings.

While B.C.’s Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad said there has been remarkable…

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