On April 21, 2022, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, in partnership with UBCM, led a webinar providing guidance on the Declaration Act for local governments. The session also featured a presentation from the City of Prince George on examples of reconciliation in action. Both a video of the webinar, and the slides are available.
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] (2021). 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.
UBCM supports local government participation in the treaty process. UBCM provides input on general policy issues as requested or required.
UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Resources
Full text of declaration: UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act ('DRIPA' or 'Declaration Act')
- Main DRIPA launch page
- Local Government Fact Sheet
- 2019/2020 Annual Report and announcement on the one year anniversary of DRIPA
- Legal reviews: Canadian Bar Association, Gowling WLG, Mondaq.com
Policy documents and resources relevant to relationship building between local governments and First Nations.
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.
FCM First Nations – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative
Metro Vancouver Indigenous Relations Committee
Fraser Valley 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
Josh van Loon
Senior Policy Analyst
604 270 8226 ext 113