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.?