Indigenous Issues

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Connection to home communities

BC NDP

Expand support of Aboriginal Friendship Centres to connect urban Indigenous peoples to their home communities.
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Indigenous child welfare

BC Greens

Move urgently away from the MCFD structure by supporting indigenous-led child welfare programmes in their communities that provide wraparound services and supports to help families stay together.
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Indigenous culture

BC NDP

Extend funding for key projects to preserve and respect Indigenous cultures, including the retention and revitalization of First Nations languages, putting additional languages into curriculum, & reflecting Indigenous history and culture in provincial parks and wilderness areas.
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BC Liberals

Work with Indigenous peoples to provide interpretation and education services in parks and enhance cultural and environmental understanding.
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Indigenous involvement

BC NDP

  • Partner with Indigenous peoples to work together on decisions on regional land and resource use allocation.
  • Create a dedicated Secretariat to ensure new legislation and policies are consistent with UNDRIP.
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Indigenous jobs & investment

BC Liberals

  • Provide financing mechanisms to enable First Nations to access affordable capital to co-invest in revenue-generating economic opportunities.
  • Prioritize sector-specific job-training opportunities for Indigenous peoples.
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Reconciliation

BC Greens

  • Ensure the Action Plan on reconciliation is adopted and supported with adequate resources.
  • Ensure that there is meaningful progress towards reconciliation.
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Self-determination

BC NDP

Move from short-term transactional arrangements with Indigenous peoples to long-term agreements that support reconciliation, self-determination, and economic independence.
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BC Liberals

  • Work with Indigenous peoples to resolve issues of rights and title.
  • Work to clearly define how UNDRIP relates to land use decisions.
  • Work with Indigenous communities to identify gaps and update a resource management framework.
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BC Greens

Work with First Nations towards energy independence, including creation of Indigenous owned utilities.
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