On April 28, 1969 the British Columbia Association of
Non-Status Indians (BCANSI) was formed to address the
political and social-economic concerns of Aboriginal
Peoples in urban, rural, and remote off-reserve
communities in British Columbia. That same year the
on-reserve, status Aboriginal population in British
Columbia created a province wide political organization
called the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)
to give political voice for on-reserve Aboriginal
Peoples in British Columbia that still exist today.
In June 1976 Tom Pitfold of Prince Rupert came up with United
Native Nations (UNN) as a new name for BCANSI that more
accurately reflects the role of the organization. That the UNN
gives a political voice for the status, non-status, and Metis
that is in urban, rural, and remote off-reserve. Also, to ensure
that the social, economic and political needs of every
off-reserve Aboriginal Peoples in British Columbia were being
advocated by the organization at every level of government.
Today the International United Native Nation 510 continues on with this vision
of helping the First Nation's Community both on and off reserve
in the Province of British Columbia, across Canada and the Globe.