BC Election 2017: First Nations

BC Election 2017: Our comparison of the party platforms on First Nations


  • Work with the First Nations Technology Council on their program Bridging to Technology
  • Double the number of Aboriginal tourism businesses by 2021 and work with Destination BC to expand and promote Aboriginal tourism opportunities
  • Triple enrollment in the First Nations Forestry Technical Training Program by 2019
  • Support partnerships between First Nations and industry for improved skills training and economic development
  • Help Indigenous businesses participate as suppliers and subcontractors of major industrial projects
  • $2 million to the Royal BC Museum to support interested First Nations in seeking the return of their ancestral remains and belongings of cultural significance
  • Implement the recommendations from Grand Chief Ed John’s report [on indigenous child welfare].
  • Focus on improving student outcomes for First Nation children; increase the number of First Nation staff in the Ministry of Children & Families and ensure that all staff are provided training regarding individual First Nation identities and cultures
  • Improve permanency planning and cultural connections for First Nation children and youth in care
  • Continue to have a Parliamentary Secretary to advise on Métis relations and the Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport


  • Adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and bring the principles of the Declaration to action in British Columbia
  • Accept and act on the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report.
  • Develop, in consultation with First Nations, a curriculum for Indigenous languages and for Indigenous history in Canada and British Columbia
  • Work with First Nations to reduce conflict by ensuring decisions affecting land, air and water respect the law
  • Support Indigenous communities seeking to revitalize their languages
  • Provide reliable, dedicated funding and support for Friendship Centres
  • Implement the recommendations from Grand Chief Ed John’s report on Indigenous Child Welfare in BC and provide better services to keep Aboriginal children at home, as well as ensuring equal services to non-Aboriginal children through Delegated Aboriginal Agencies. When Aboriginal children do enter care ensure that there is a plan to connect them with their culture and communities
  • Partner with First Nations to meet renewable energy targets through PowerBC
  • Partner with First Nations to build 114,000 quality housing units in the next ten years
  • Mandate government training and apprenticeship programs to prioritize training for First Nations
  • Support organizations working to increase First Nations participation in mining, forestry, technology, manufacturing, fishing and energy
  • Negotiate with First Nations about expanding their share of BC’s gaming industry
  • Increase investments in Creative BC to support BC musicians, publishers, authors, artists, digital media, indigenous storytellers, and the film and TV industries
  • More than 65 per cent of children in care are of Indigenous ancestry
    • Increase funding for Agreements with Young Adults by an additional $10 million and ensure our K-12 system has the resources to help youth-in-care graduate
    • Expand the tuition fee waiver program and provide enhanced supports for former youth in care who pursue post-secondary education
  • Establish a special initiative with First Nations leaders and their communities to provide additional assistance where the impact of the [overdose] crisis is greatest, and create a Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions so patients get treatment early and effectively
  • Support First Nations legal services
  • Increase support for initiatives that are proven to prevent and reduce crime, and increase the use of restorative justice programs
  • Work with First Nations to reduce the number of Aboriginal people facing our justice system
  • Recognize culture for its role in rehabilitation and recovery and provide culturally diverse and appropriate programming in prisons, particularly for Aboriginal people


  • Engage with Indigenous People to create a positive and collaborative relationship
  • Develop a plan, in cooperation with the First Nations Leadership Council to implement all relevant recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Commit to collaborative stewardship of resources:
    • Recognize First Nations as equals in land management and establish a co-management stewardship model with Indigenous People for the development of provincial resources. This could include a review of regional resource management structures in cooperation with the First Nations Leadership Council to incorporate First Nations effectively into decision making; and funding to train First Nations people in resource management trades and professions
    • Collaborate with First Nations and the Federal government to renew and reinvigorate the treaty process
  • Identify strategies to address all aspects of child poverty in the province, including specific actions to address poverty affecting Indigenous children and families as part of a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy
  • Address recommendations made by the Representative for Children and Youth, and the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, including those regarding adoptions and foster care.
  • Work collaboratively to implement the recommendations from Grand Chief Ed John’s report, Indigenous Resilience, Connectedness and Reunification: From Root Causes to Root Solutions.
  • [Forestry] – Engage in meaningful consultation and engagement that respects Indigenous resource rights and title, and collaborate with First Nations to build economic, environmental and social opportunities and commercial partnerships in the forest sector; and support more community forests
  • [Water] – Initiate comprehensive, province-wide water and watershed planning in collaboration with local governments, First Nations, and other government agencies, stewardship organizations, water use sectors and community stakeholders
  • [Education] – Increase the number of Indigenous teachers and incorporate more content on Indigenous culture into the curriculum

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BC Election 2017 Platform Comparison – Environment

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See also Union of BC Indian Chiefs http://www.anyonebutclark.ca/ 

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