Develop essential training in partnership with Indigenous organizations, and deliver to the B.C. public service, public institutions and corporations that aims to build foundational understanding and competence about the history and rights of Indigenous Peoples, treaty process, rights and title, the UN Declaration, the B.C. Declaration Act, the dynamics of proper respectful relations, Indigenous-specific racism, and meaningful reconciliation.

Public Service Agency; Ministry of Finance – Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office



How far along
is this work?


How complicated
is this work?


Are there


How are we
working together?


Work on this action began late in the 2022/23 fiscal year with partner identification and contact occurring in November 2022. In February 2023, a working group comprised of Indigenous partners, the BC Public Service Agency (PSA), and Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office met and reviewed existing training for BC Public Service (BCPS) employees and known gaps. Three levels of training will be co-developed to achieve this action item and work has begun on an instructional design proposal for the first level of training.

An Indigenous consultant interviewed Indigenous members of public sector boards and the training recommendations were presented to the working group for initial feedback. Next steps will include co-development of training that is tailored to meet the learning needs of specific roles on public sector boards, with an emphasis on governing in the public interest in a manner that is inclusive of Indigenous rights.


  • Implementation project underway: A draft instructional design plan was created and is under revision for Level 1 training, the instructional design proposal was circulated with a working group and engagement will continue in the 2023/24 fiscal year.
  • Implementation project underway: A learning needs assessment was completed for the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office to identify training for public sector boards.

How are we working together?

The PSA is collaborating with First Nations organizations on an instructional design proposal for essentials training for approximately 36,000+ BCPS employees. The Ministry of Finance’s Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office (CABRO) is working to extend the PSA essentials training to approximately 3000 board members of public sector organizations and will collaborate with the same group of First Nations organizations, as part of the PSA process, as well as Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC), Urban Indigenous organizations and existing board members on this part of the work.

Are there challenges?

Competing priorities and finite capacity remain ongoing challenges for timely implementation.