Current Policy & Initiatives

Intergovernmental Negotiations & 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.

Memorandum of Understanding with the Province
UBCM and the Province of British Columbia share a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Local Government Participation in the New Relationship with First Nations in BC [PDF - 2.7 MB] (2015). The MOU recognizes that local governments have a unique interest in all types of negotiations with First Nations. Through the MOU, the provincial government commits to consulting with local governments on negotiations that affect local government jurisdiction.

Treaty Negotiations
UBCM supports local government participation in the treaty process. UBCM provides input on general policy issues as requested or required. 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 effective local government involvement in treaty negotiations, while promoting information sharing and dialogue between Treaty Advisory Committees.

New Relationship
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.

Policy Documents

Policy documents and resources relevant to relationship building between local governments and First Nations.

Related Programs

Community to Community Forum
This funding program supports the coming together of First Nations and local governments around the province to discuss common regional goals and opportunities for joint action.

Links

Local Government
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

Indigenous
First Nations Summit
Union of BC Indian Chiefs
BC Assembly of First Nations
Assembly of First Nations
Métis Nation BC
First Nations Technology Council

Provincial
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

Treaty
British Columbia Treaty Commission

Federal
Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
INAC BC Region 

Contact

Josh van Loon
Senior Policy Analyst
jvanloon@ubcm.ca
604 270 8226 ext 113

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