Phase 1 engagement with First Nations and stakeholders on the Heritage Conservation Act Transformation Project (HCATP) has successfully concluded. Analysis of feedback and the drafting of ‘what we heard’ reports is well underway. The co-development of an HCATP Consultation and Co-operation Plan for First Nations has been completed, while the co-development of a Request for Decision (RFD) to move to Phase 2 is in progress.
- Implementation project underway: Co-developed Heritage Conservation Act Transformation Project (HCATP) materials and resources through the Joint Working Group on First Nations Heritage Conservation (JWGFNHC), with input from the Alliance of Modern Treaty Nations, to support Phase 1 engagement with First Nations and stakeholders.
- Number of engagement participants in programs and events:134 participants representing 98 First Nations, 2 Tribal Councils, 4 Treaty Societies and 15 First Nations organizations participated in two virtual and five in-person Phase 1 engagement sessions, or by way of Nation-requested government-to-government meetings, while upwards of 300 persons representing 173 organizations across 11 sectors/interest groups attended external stakeholder sessions. Participant feedback was received by way of oral commentary during the sessions, written submission or through an online survey.
How are we working together?
HCATP work is being led through the JWGFNHC, with input from the Alliance of BC Modern Treaty Nations. Phase 1 included in-person and virtual engagement sessions with First Nations, as well as an online survey, written submissions and government-to-government meetings as requested. An independent Indigenous facilitator was retained under contract with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs to deliver First Nations engagement and prepare a ‘what we heard’ report. Engagement with the Métis Nation of British Columbia has also been undertaken. Phases 2 and 3 will include opportunities for further engagement, consultation and co-operation. The HCATP Consultation and Co-operation Plan outlines in detail how the Province will consult and co-operate with First Nations on the HCATP.
Are there challenges?
Target timelines to introduce proposed comprehensive legislative amendments within this mandate may not provide adequate time for consultation and co-operation including the collaborative co-development of policy options and proposed legislation with First Nations, as well as necessary engagement with stakeholders.