Transformative Change Accord
The Transformative Change Accord is a 10-year, tripartite agreement signed in 2005 between the Province, the Federal Government and First Nations (BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs). Since then, the Province and First Nations leaders have worked together to find way to meet the following goals:
- To close the social and economic gap between First Nations and other British Columbians,
- To reconcile Aboriginal rights and title with those of the Crown, and
- To establish a new relationship based on mutual respect and recognition.
The principles outlined by the Transformative Change Accord include:
- Acknowledging and celebrating the diverse histories and traditions of First Nations.
- Understanding that a new relationship must be based on mutual respect and responsibility.
- Recognizing that the agreement is intended to support social and economic well-being of First Nations people.
"This tri-partite agreement stands as a binding declaration of our mutual resolve to act upon the vision and commitment of all first ministers and national Aboriginal leaders, as set out in the Kelowna agreement. That TCA was the product of an unprecedented government-to-government collaboration. More importantly, it is 'a shared commitment to action by all parties' – including the Government of Canada – that speaks to 'a 10-year dedicated effort to improve the quality of life of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.'"
-Premier Gordon Campbell