The B.C. Cabinet and First Nations Leaders’ Gathering began today with optimism about the new government and a new partnership.
Premier John Horgan highlighted the government’s strong cross-government commitments to work in partnership with First Nations and Indigenous peoples to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and the Tsilhqot’in Supreme Court decision.
The two-day gathering is jointly organized by the First Nations Leadership Council and the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. It is one of the largest gatherings of provincial and First Nations leaders in Canada It’s also held on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish First Nations.
The provincial government has committed to now adopting UNDRIP, which has been accepted by 148 nations, including the Government of Canada.
The new government has committed to implement the 94 calls to action in the truth and reconciliation commission’s final report and will work with First Nations and the Government of Canada to do this.
“We are at a pivotal moment in our province. We can see a path to meaningful reconciliation and a true government-to-government relationship,” said Premier Horgan. “We’re ready to do the hard work, together, to build healthy communities with Indigenous peoples, and to create jobs, economic stability, and shared prosperity.”