British Columbia: Building relationships with Indigenous peoples
The B.C. government continues to build relationship with Indigenous people and communities. It is working with Indigenous people to focus on closing the socio-economic gaps that separate Indigenous people from other British Columbians, and building a province where everyone can fully participate in a prosperous economy.
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
The B.C. government works closely with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-status Indigenous people, and the Government of Canada to
- Improve relationships
- Support communities
- Share the benefits of B.C. for all British Columbians
These efforts are demonstrated through government initiatives to improve the lives of Indigenous people and to build healthier communities that benefit all British Columbians.