The Declaration Act Action Plan, released at the end of March, identifies goals and outcomes that form the long-term vision to achieve the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) in BC. It has 89 priority actions, tangible steps that will advance this work in key areas over the next five years.

The four main goals in the plan are to achieve the objectives of the UN Declaration over time:

  • self-determination and self-government including implementing Indigenous institutions, laws, governing bodies and political, economic and social structures
  • owning, using, developing, and controlling lands and resources within First Nations’ territories
  • living without interference, oppression or other inequities associated with Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination, and
  • maintaining Indigenous cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, languages, food systems, sciences and technologies; participating fully in the economy; and ensuring the rights of Indigenous women, youth, Elders, children, persons with disabilities and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people are upheld.

The actions themselves are tangible and measurable ways that the Province will advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples throughout BC in important areas like education, justice reform and natural resource management. Each ministry will work in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to deliver on their specific actions. A copy of the plan can be downloaded at https://tinyurl.com/5dns8mhs

The Province will report annually on progress made to implement the action plan, which ensures government’s work is transparent and accountable. The progress will be reflected in the Declaration Act’s annual reports, which are publicly available by June 30 of each year. View past reports at https://tinyurl.com/nhfu29de

Province of BC