About the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN declaration). It includes 46 articles covering all facets of human rights of Indigenous peoples such as:

  • culture
  • identity
  • religion
  • language
  • health
  • education
  • community

UN declaration emphasizes the Indigenous rights to live in dignity, to maintain and strengthen Indigenous institutions, cultures and traditions and to pursue self-determined development, in keeping with Indigenous needs and aspirations.

UN declaration has been adopted by 148 nations, including the Government of Canada, which has drafted 10 principles to guide the implementation of UN declaration across Canada.

Find out more in the full text of UN declaration

B.C.’s Endorsement of UN Declaration

On July 18, 2017, Premier John Horgan tasked all government ministers with fully adopting and implementing UN declaration, and the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

The Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation is leading the effort to work collaboratively and respectfully with Indigenous peoples to establish a clear, cross-government vision of reconciliation, guided by UN declaration and the calls to action.

B.C. will work in partnership with Indigenous communities to create this joint vision.

B.C. is also committed to engaging with non-Indigenous communities, sector partners including industry and proponents, and the federal government and municipalities as this work moves forward.

Frequently Asked Questions on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples