Current Policy & Initiatives

DRIPA Webinar

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.

Treaty Negotiations
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

Provincial Documents 

Federal Documents

Compass Articles

Training Options

Other Resources

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.


Local Government
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