Current Policy & Initiatives

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.

    MOU: Local government participation in the new relationship with First Nations in BC

    Treaty negotiations
    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

    Full text of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    External links

    Local governments
    Federation of Canadian Municipalities: First Nations-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative
    Metro Vancouver Indigenous Relations Committee

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

    Ministry of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation (MIRR)
    British Columbia Treaty Commission

    Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)
    Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
    ISC BC Region