DRIPA guidance for local governments
In 2022 UBCM led a webinar with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to provide guidance for local governments on the Province's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. The session also featured a presentation from the City of Prince George with examples of reconciliation in action.
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
The Province recognizes that local governments have a unique interest in all types of negotiations with First Nations. With this MOU, the Province committed 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.
Resources on UNDRIP for local governments
- The provincial government passed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA) in 2019, which established UNDRIP as the Province's framework for reconciliation.
- BC's DRIPA launch page has annual reports as required by the Act, stories, and details on implementation.
- A Local government fact sheet produced by the Province answers common questions.
- Federally, Bill C-15 was passed in 2021, requiring the Government of Canada to ensure Canadian law is consistent with UNDRIP, and requires an action plan to achieve the objectives of the Declaration.
- Indigenous Corporate Training and Indigenous Community for Leadership & Development offer training programs related to implementing UNDRIP.
- Legal review on DRIPA from the Canadian Bar Association, Gowling WLG, and Mondaq
- 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.
Federation of Canadian Municipalities: First Nations-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative
Metro Vancouver Indigenous Relations Committee