British Columbia: Building relationships with Indigenous peoples

As part of its work to create true and lasting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the government of British Columbia is committed to adopting and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN declaration), and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action (calls to action).

In 2005, the B.C. government and the First Nations Leadership Council entered into an era of reconciliation based on three things:

  • Respect, recognition and accommodation of Aboriginal title and rights
  • Respect for each other's laws and responsibilities
  • The reconciliation of Aboriginal and Crown titles and jurisdictions

Supporting the Relationship

This mandate aims to build renewed government-to-government relationship with Indigenous peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.

It also aims to address the consequences of colonial policies which have had lasting effects on all Indigenous peoples – First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

All provincial ministries have been tasked with moving forward on the calls to action and finding ways to implement the UN declaration by reviewing government’s policies, programs and legislation. Implementation of these commitments is being done in partnership with Indigenous peoples.

The Government of British Columbia has introduced the Draft Principles that Guide the Province of British Columbia’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples (principles) to help guide all public service employees as they continue to build relationships with Indigenous peoples based on respect and recognition of inherent rights.

The draft principles guide will guide the work of implementing the UN declaration and the calls to action.

Members of the BC Public Service are uniquely positioned to transform relationships with Indigenous peoples through the important work they do every day.

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