Declaration Act Engagement Fund

First Nations across B.C. are being supported to work in consultation and co-operation with the Province on implementing the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, building a better future for all. Through the $200-million Declaration Act Engagement Fund (DAEF), First Nations are eligible for approximately $1 million in funding to support government-to-government engagement with the Province on a number of priorities, helping to shape provincial laws, policies and programs.

The DAEF, which is administered by the New Relationship Trust (NRT) on behalf of the Province, reflects a significant shift in how engagement funding is provided, as First Nations are able to self-determine their engagement priorities based on their distinct needs and interests.

As of March 31, 2024, more than 90% of eligible First Nations in B.C. had been approved for funding through the DAEF in its first year.