Discussion Topic 2: Indigenous Partnerships

Message from Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development:

There are 203 distinct First Nations in British Columbia, most of which are located in rural areas of the province. First Nations are therefore an important voice in rural B.C., with a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of rural development.

Our government is focused on a new relationship with First Nations and all Indigenous people – one built on partnership and respect.  This includes implementing the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples and creating stronger relationships. We are committed to shared prosperity.

Given this importance, I’d like to invite you to submit your ideas and thoughts on how B.C.’s Rural Development Strategy can incorporate indigenous perspectives so that all rural communities will benefit.

  • How can we develop long-lasting, meaningful partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in rural B.C.?

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33 responses to “Discussion Topic 2: Indigenous Partnerships

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    [-] Marcella

    1 – ask the Indigenous communities and listen to them
    2 – educate non-indigenous re stopping racism

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    [-] Marc

    I believe that rural district have nowhere near the same resources to draw upon as urban districts in terms of access to medical and legal services, recreational centres, cultural centres, and training opportunities. Rural district do not have the same ability to recruit teachers especially Special Education specialists. More funding to recruit and retain teachers is in order. Our rural district has approximately 60% of the student population has special learning needs. We have classrooms with 7 IEPs (Independent Education Plan) and 5 ISSPs (independent student support plan)other students are one or two grade levels below their grade level. The current funding formula for rural school boards needs to change and have more targeted funding for smaller classes and increased special education staffing ratios. There is a Special Education crisis in rural districts and it has been going on for the last decade. Children need the same resources where ever they live. In the Bella Coola Valley it is a shame we don’t have a cultural and recreation centre given all tax and profit that was generated by logging. People need facility to recreate especially in the winter and rain seasons.

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    [-] Marion

    In order to create long lasting partnerships the economic development officers need to greater understand the First Nations Communities challenges. The British Colombian government needs to offer subsidies for Aboriginal groups who wish to get insurance for Adventure tourism companies as this has been pointed out as a challenge. The Love campeign that was offered to each municipal government should be opened up to First Nations Communities so the we can talk about some of the great things about our own communities. The Provincial Government needs to offer some technological funds to First Nations who currently do not have websites. The Federal government needs to increase high speed internet investment for First Nations, this can be brought up at a provincial level. The provincial government needs to forgive Treaty Negotiation Loans as this has damaging impacts on First Nations seeking capital. The provincial government needs to increase grants for ALL Students! The provincial government needs to give intensives to School Districts who have shown themselves as exemplars of excellence in reconciliation.

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    [-] Roxanne

    I believe taking the fear out of it all is a good first step. As someone who is not indigenous or First Nations, I am often afraid of offending Indigenous Peoples or First Nations.

    I believe that we need to first make the connections at the community levels. Stop making it a “big” deal. We are all of the human race. Let’s take it down to the basics. Communication is such an important part. There are too many people who believe that there is special treatment happening. Is there? If there is, why is there? This is just one of the things that I see.

    Communication at the basic community level. Start small, not big.

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    [-] Joy

    In order to develop partnerships in rural BC, there must be no differentiation between communities; as a native of BC all my life, I dislike being called “non”. I also think all persons should pay the federal goods and services tax, plus income tax and property taxes. There must first be a level playing field before anything meaningful can be developed.

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    [-] Virg

    In order to keep a “long-lasting, meaningful partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities”, we need to be all equal and treated the same way. We are all human beings.

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    [-] Bree

    Support First Nations with their vision for their communities. Create partnerships to help support First Nations business. Create job opportunities and living opportunities off reserve.

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    [-] Jessica

    One of the ways to involve indigenous communities in rural development initiatives is to replicate organic food programs in which first nations communities can grow and cultivate organic greens using greenhouse technologies to supply fresh greens to their communities primarily and then the surplus could be sold through distribution. As a capital investment, the province could fund the structure and equipment, and the operations of this program could create jobs in rural communities.