Working Together to Advance Reconciliation

The Province and UBCM have reaffirmed their commitment to working together toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in British Columbia. A renewed memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Province and UBCM underscores the importance of the provincial government’s relationship with local governments in fulfilling the commitment to reconciliation.

The renewed MOU supports working in partnership towards implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

“A fundamental truth of reconciliation is the need to work together to right past wrongs and move forward in a direction that will benefit everyone,” said Scott Fraser, Minister of

Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. “This agreement strengthens the partnership between our government, municipalities and Indigenous communities so we can take that journey together.”

In addition to reflecting governments’ commitments to reconciliation, the MOU reaffirms both parties’ commitment to regular discussions on matters that affect local government jurisdictions, including treaty negotiations and non-treaty agreements, as well as other initiatives with Indigenous communities.

“The level of consultation that has gone into the renewal of this MOU gives us confidence that its intent will be fulfilled,” said Wendy Booth, UBCM president. “We welcome a stronger collaborative relationship in the vital undertaking of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and are ready to fulfill our role in this partnership.”

The agreement highlights the need for local governments to continue developing relationships at a grassroots level with Indigenous governments and communities to create conversations and partnerships that will benefit everyone at the community level.

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