The BC NDP have long worked towards reconciliation with First Nations in British Columbia. But 16 years of BC Liberal government neglect have set the process back.
Three years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada set down law on the legal rights of First Nations people in this province. The message was clear: Aboriginal Title and Rights are a matter of law and justice.
John Horgan's BC NDP will make reconciliation a cross-government priority.
all the pieces
Acting on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
After six years of hearings and the testimony of over 6,000 survivors affected by residential schools, it’s time for action. We will accept and act on the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report. We will work with First Nations and the government of Canada to do this.
Adopting the principles of UNDRIP
Implementing the principles of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be a priority for all of our ministers. We’ll review policies, programs and legislation to determine how to bring the principles of the Declaration to action in British Columbia.
We will also work with Indigenous people to improve relations and make sure decisions affecting land, air and water are legal and respectful. We’ll preserve our healthy environment for present and future generations, while ensuring all British Columbians benefit from the sustainable development of natural resources.
Supporting Indigenous communities, culture and history
Indigenous children and their peers deserve to learn our history – accurately. In consultation with First Nations, a BC NDP government will co-develop a curriculum for Indigenous languages and for Indigenous history in Canada and British Columbia.
We will also provide support to Indigenous communities seeking to revitalize connections to their languages and provide reliable, dedicated funding for Friendship Centres.
Keeping Aboriginal children connected to their communities
BC’s Aboriginal children are overrepresented in government care. A BC NDP government will implement the recommendations from Grand Chief Ed John’s report and provide better support to keep Aboriginal children at home.
We will ensure Delegated Aboriginal Agencies offer core services at the same level offered to non-Aboriginal children. When Aboriginal children do enter care, we will ensure that that there is a plan to connect them with their culture and communities.
Creating jobs and opportunities
We’ll work together with First Nations across British Columbia by:
- Building on First Nations’ demonstrated leadership in solar energy to ensure we meet our renewable energy targets.
- Seeking partnerships with First Nations as part of our commitment to build 114,000 quality housing units.
- Ensuring First Nations students have priority access to training and apprenticeships.
- Working with organizations that are increasing First Nations participation in mining, forestry, technology, manufacturing, fishing and energy.
- Negotiating with First Nations leadership and communities about expanding opportunities for their share in BC’s gaming industry.