It’s about a better future.
The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Declaration Act) became law in B.C. on November 28, 2019. Through this act, the Province formally adopted the internationally recognized standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration).
The Declaration Act mandates government to bring provincial laws into alignment with the UN Declaration and develop and implement an action plan to achieve the objectives of the UN Declaration in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples.
The Declaration Act Action Plan (3.9MB PDF), released on March 30, 2022, outlines how we will bring the UN Declaration into harmony with our work over the next five years.
Supporting these cross-government actions is the Declaration Act Secretariat. Announced in Budget 2022, the Secretariat is a dedicated body created to coordinate and assist all ministries as they work to align provincial laws with the UN Declaration.
Read more about the Declaration Act Secretariat, who they are and about the ‘Interim Approach to Implement the Requirements of Section 3 of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.’
Together, in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples, we will advance reconciliation in tangible and measurable ways in B.C. – today and into the future.