The NDP government is not joking when they say they want to take a real approach in to implementing the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions 94 Calls to Action.
Co-chairs of the Aboriginal Justice Council, Attorney General and Minister for Public Safety as well as the Solicitor General have all signed a BC Indigenous Justice Strategy Memorandum on Understanding the the Cabinet-First Nation Leaders’ Gathering.
The strategy will focus on reconciliation, decreasing overrepresentation in the justice system and addressing violence against Indigenous peoples- especially women and girls.
They are also looking at improving access to justice and justice services, as well as designing services for Indigenous people that are culturally relevant and appropriate.
$400,000 has been allotted to sustain the BC Aboriginal Justice Council and enable to joint development of the strategy over the next two years.
In the Premiers mandate letters to all government ministers, Horgan included a requirement that they review policies, programs and legislation to determine how to incorporate the principles of UNDRIP.
Attorney General David Eby says, “We know that the justice system is not working well for Indigenous peoples and we have heard the clear message from leaders – we must do things differently. This is the first step in working together to develop a justice system that is culturally relevant and meets the needs of these communities. The funding allows us to work collaboratively toward practical solutions and actions.”