VICTORIA – Legislation introduced today by the provincial government will move the province forward with a clear action plan for reconciliation, supporting predictability and economic opportunities, while respecting Indigenous human rights.
The new legislation aims to create further certainty for investment and re-affirms B.C. as a world-class destination providing opportunities for business while creating a strong inclusive economy. It provides an additional tool for establishing rules, transparency and accountability when the Province works with Indigenous governing bodies, business and local government on decisions affecting Indigenous rights.
Over time as provincial laws are modified or built, they will be aligned with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration). Existing B.C. laws will not change immediately – bringing provincial laws into alignment with the UN Declaration will take time, and will require consultation with Indigenous peoples and stakeholders including business, industry and local government.