Indigenous Relations

Legislative & Regulatory Framework

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, supports local government participation in the treaty process, and supports negotiations outside the treaty process.

Policy Scope

The Indigenous Relations Committee oversees all policy development work related to First Nations issues including treaty negotiations, negotiations outside the treaty process, and governance reform. UBCM supports local government participation in the treaty process and provides input on general policy issues as requested or required. The Committee's other key role is to support relationship building between First Nations and local governments through best practices and other initiatives.


Josh van Loon
Senior Policy Analyst
604.270.8226 ext. 113

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