First Nations Relations
Current Policy Initiatives
National Inquiry into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls
On March 11, 2016, UBCM First Nations Relations Committee Chair, Councillor Murry Krause, wrote to the UBCM membership regarding resolution 2015-B111, “National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women”. The letter provided an update on action taken in response to this resolution, and encouraged member engagement in response to the severe and widespread violence faced by Indigenous women and girls in BC communities.
Letter to Members: Action on Resolution 2015-B111 andList of Indigenous Women’s Organizations [PDF - 386 KB] - Mar 2016
On February 3, 2016, UBCM President Al Richmond, and First Nations Relations Committee Chair, Councillor Murry Krause, met with Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and provide local government perspectives to inform the Province’s submission to the federal government on pre-inquiry design.
UBCM representatives provided written feedback to assist the Province in including local government perspectives in communications with the federal government.
Local Government – First Nation Relations
UBCM has signed a Partnership Agreement with Reconciliation Canada [PDF - 3.4 MB], a Protocol on Communication and Cooperation with First Nations Summit, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Communication and Information Sharing with INAC. These agreements provide the framework for the initiatives that UBCM undertakes in the area of local government-First Nation relationship building such as the Community to Community Forum program.
Memorandum of Understanding with the Province
UBCM recently renewed its MOU with the Province, Local Government Participation in the New Relationship with First Nations in BC [PDF - 2.7 MB] (2015). Building on past agreements, the MOU recognizes that local governments have a unique interest in negotiations (treaty and non-treaty) with First Nations and recognizes local governments as respected advisers to the provincial government. The current MOU essentially extends similar consultation principles that exist in the treaty process to New Relationship negotiations outside the treaty process. That is, the provincial government commits to consulting with local governments on negotiations that affect local government jurisdiction.
UBCM supports local government participation in the treaty process. UBCM provides input on general policy issues as requested or required. Recently, an important topic for local government has been the Common Table treaty discussions between Canada, BC and First Nations which were a series of discussions facilitated by the BC Treaty Commission in 2008. UBCM advocates for sufficient funding for treaty advisory committees for effective local government involvement in treaty negotiations. UBCM also promotes information sharing and dialogue between TACs.
In recent years UBCM's policy focus has expanded to include the Province's New Relationship negotiations outside the treaty process. Under the MOU with the Province, UBCM is responsible for monitoring provincial consultation with local governments on relevant negotiations with First Nations and disseminating information to members on concluded agreements.
Legislative Reform & Consultation
UBCM monitors and responds to legislative changes/proposals and other initiatives regarding First Nations that are relevant to local governments. UBCM also tracks key First Nation court decisions, particularly relating to consultation, and communicates to members on any implications to local governments arising from new rulings.
Policy documents and resources relevant to relationship building between local governments and First Nations.
Please refer to Funding Programs for information on funding programs administered by UBCM in support of local government – First Nation relationships.
FCM First Nations - Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative
FCM First Nations - Municipal Community Infrastructure Partnership Program
Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Relations Committee
Fraser Valley Aboriginal Relations Committee
Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development - Community Relations Branch
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation (MARR)
MARR Regional Contact List [PDF - 201 KB]
The New Relationship
The First Nations Relations Committee oversees all policy development work related to First Nations issues including treaty negotiations, negotiations outside the treaty process, and governance reform. UBCM supports local government participation in the treaty process and provides input on general policy issues as requested or required. The Committee's other key role is to support relationship building between First Nations and local governments through best practices and other initiatives.
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