Declaration Act




What is this engagement about?

The Province invites Indigenous peoples in B.C. – members and leadership of First Nations and Treaty Nations, Métis and Inuit people, and representatives of Indigenous organizations – to share their feedback on the provincial government’s draft action plan to meet the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

There are a number of ways you can share your feedback:

  1. Review an online version of the draft action plan, and make your comments right on the website. Your feedback will confidential and not be publicly visible.
  2. Fill in a feedback form.
  3. If you would like to make a written submission on behalf of a First Nation or an Indigenous organization or body, you can also email a written submission to declaration@gov.bc.ca.

In addition, ministries will be meeting with First Nations and Indigenous partners directly to gather feedback as well.

Ministries also will reach out directly to provide opportunities for non-Indigenous partners, such as local governments and industry stakeholders, to share their thoughts on the matters that may affect them.

Feedback will be used to finalize the action plan, which is expected to be released later in 2021.

If you have questions about the engagement process, please contact declaration@gov.bc.ca.

Feedback will be accepted until 4pm (PT) on September 15th, 2021


How can my contribution make a difference?

The provincial government and organizations representing First Nations and Indigenous peoples have worked together over the past year in an effort to identify the priority goals and actions to include in this first draft of the action plan under the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. We are very grateful for the leadership, expertise and commitment of Indigenous partners who have engaged with us on this important work.

We are now looking for further input from all Indigenous peoples in B.C. so that we can ensure that the finalized action plan appropriately represents your priorities. We want to hear from Indigenous peoples about your thoughts on this draft action plan.

In developing this draft, our engagement has been extensive. We have worked with representatives from ministries across the provincial government to hold more than 80 separate meetings, with over 75 First Nations and Indigenous partners, to identify potential actions. We also received 30 written submissions, and input from engagement with 11 First Nation organizations carried out by the First Nations Leadership Council (which represents the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs).

The draft action plan also draws from priorities identified through a variety of agreements with First Nations and Indigenous organizations and in response to the advocacy and leadership of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples over many years. The results of all this engagement form the foundation of this draft action plan. The collaboration between Indigenous leadership and ministries has been invaluable. We appreciate the wisdom and perspectives that everyone has brought to the table as part of these discussions.

Now we want to hear from you. Please visit engage.gov.bc.ca/declaration for information on how you can share your thoughts on the draft action plan. Feedback will be used to finalize the action plan, which is expected to be released later in 2021.

Thank you for taking time to provide your input. Feedback from Indigenous peoples throughout B.C. is essential so that we develop the best possible action plan. This plan will help guide the provincial government’s work with Indigenous peoples over the next five years, to make sure that we continue to make real progress on reconciliation. If you have questions about the engagement process, please contact declaration@gov.bc.ca

 

Details of the Engagement

Date: June 11, 2021 to September 15, 2021

Category: government

Status: Open

Location: Province-wide

Type: Online, Email