Three young people standing in the clam field, holding clams and smiling.

Annual Report

The Province reports on progress made to implement the Declaration Act through annual reports – a requirement of the Act. The annual reports are developed in consultation and co-operation with Indigenous Peoples in B.C. and publicly released by June 30 each year.

Opening prayer

Joint message from the Premier of B.C. and the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and Declaration Act Secretariat

We are pleased to present the fourth Declaration Act Annual Report, which details our shared work between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023 to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) in the province – done in consultation and co-operation with Indigenous Peoples. 

The 2022/23 Declaration Act Annual Report is an important milestone: it is the first report back since the launch of the Declaration Act Action Plan and the Declaration Act Secretariat. 

The report includes a summary of work by the Declaration Act Secretariat – established in 2022 – and provides an update on progress to align provincial laws with the UN Declaration. 

We’re launching this year’s Declaration Act Annual Report as part of a redesigned Declaration Act website. Our goal is to provide indicators and detailed reporting for the 32 Action Plan items initiated to date – showing the highlights, the challenges we face, and the transformational work ahead as we implement the plan. As we continue working on all 89 actions, a new dashboard will provide a snapshot of our status. 

At the heart of the redesigned website are the words and voices of Indigenous Peoples, based on their lived experiences. Read about First Nations members who are restoring clam gardensthroughout the Nuu-chah-nulth territory. Or hear how the Okanagan Indian Band is reconnecting its members to their culture, language, and community with a new housing project. 

On the website, you’ll be able to listen to the voices of two Dakelh language revitalization experts. Or watch a video to understand how a historic agreement will transform the way the Province and First Nations work together to steward land, water and resources in the Northeast. 

We hope you will take the time to explore the redesigned Declaration Act website and see how we are reporting on progress in a more accessible, transparent, cooperative and impactful way.  

Review progress in the four themes of the Declaration Act Action Plan

Section 5 of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act requires an annual report on progress made towards the alignment of provincial laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the implementation of the Declaration Act, all to be done in consultation and co-operation with Indigenous Peoples.

The 2022-23 Declaration Act Annual Report is a significant step forward in the Province’s work to implement the Declaration Act, as it’s the first report to include progress on implementation of the Action Plan. This year’s report includes progress made in 32 actions from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023, supported by detailed reporting and highlights diverse Indigenous voices through storytelling.

Elder man in traditional garments, drumming.

Self-Determination and Inherent Right of Self-Government

A drum with traditional artwork of a hummingbird is held up to the sunlight.

Title and Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Close-up of Raquel and Ange's hands clasped on their laps. Both have decorated nails and wear dark clothes.

Ending Indigenous-Specific Racism and Discrimination

Two youth in traditional garments dancing.

Social, Cultural and Economic Well-Being

The base of two trees on the right, looking out over green and brown field, a body of water, and mountains in the background on a clear day.

Alignment of laws (Section 3)