British Columbia’s First Nations are becoming full partners in Canada’s leading economy, with 485 economic and other reconciliation agreements in the past five years alone, and $10 million invested to support community-driven skills training to prepare Aboriginal people for LNG opportunities.
There is unprecedented engagement and potential for nation to nation co-operation through the annual All Chiefs’ gatherings with cabinet ministers – something that has only happened in the last four years in our province.
Your government has convened the first major healing event for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women, and introduced a new safety plan for Highway 16.
An important conversation on Indigenous child welfare has begun with the work of Grand Chief Ed John. This work must continue to strengthen families to care for their children.
From recognizing achievement, such as in sport with the Aboriginal Youth Excellence Awards, to bringing home sacred remains and cultural belongings – the work of reconciliation must continue.