Declaration Act

What was this engagement about?

The Province invited 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.

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

Ministries also reached 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 2022.

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How will 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.

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.

Details of the Engagement

Date: June 11, 2021 to September 15, 2021

Category: government

Status: Closed

Location: Province-wide

Type: Online, Email