Building momentum: 2021-2022 Declaration Act Annual Report
The Province is releasing the third annual report on efforts to ensure B.C. is a place where the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples are respected, and First Nations, Métis and Inuit people can thrive.
The 2021-2022 Declaration Act Annual Report highlights progress made in implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) and advancing reconciliation in B.C.
Highlights of work outlined in the report include:
- establishing the Declaration Act Secretariat, a dedicated body to support government’s obligations ensuring laws, policies and practices are consistent with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Declaration Act);
- aligning new and existing legislation with the Declaration Act across government, including changes to support the recruitment of more Indigenous teachers, developing a shared vision for forestry, and recognizing Indigenous identity as protected grounds against discrimination under the BC Human rights code; and
- developing the first Declaration Act Action Plan to outline steps needed to advance reconciliation.
The annual report also highlights 19 initiatives that contribute to reconciliation. It includes work to implement Indigenous institutions, laws and governing bodies, as well as efforts to ensure First Nations can own, use, develop, and control lands and resources within their territories.
It highlights partnerships that ensure people can live without interference, oppression or other inequities associated with Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination, and efforts to support and maintain Indigenous cultural heritage, Traditional Knowledge, languages, food systems, sciences and technologies.
It shines a spotlight on work to ensure Indigenous Peoples can participate fully in the economy and on upholding the rights of Indigenous women, youth, Elders, children, persons with disabilities and 2SLGBTQ+ people.
The Declaration Act requires the Province to report annually on progress made on the alignment of provincial laws with the UN Declaration and on the development and implementation of the action plan to achieve the objectives of the UN Declaration. The development of annual reports is required to be accomplished in consultation and co-operation with Indigenous Peoples.
The latest annual report outlines progress made between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, on those two requirements, as well as work to advance the implementation of the UN Declaration more broadly.
- On Nov. 28, 2019, the Declaration Act was passed into law, making B.C. the first jurisdiction in Canada to adopt the UN Declaration.
- On March 30, 2022, the Province released the Declaration Act Action Plan, which was developed through two years of intensive engagement to ensure it aligned with the priorities of Indigenous Peoples in B.C.
2021-2022 Declaration Act Annual Report: www.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/indigenous-people/new-relationship/united-nations-declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples/annual-reporting
For information on the Declaration Act and to download a copy of the action plan, visit: https://declaration.gov.bc.ca/
Mon, Aug 1, 2022 at 9:01 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Dunn Peak Trail – Kamloops Trails
Sat, Jul 30, 2022 at 7:45 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Through Wild Horse Canyon – Kamloops Trails
Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 2:13 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: We can’t look away from our overheating world
Wed, Jul 27, 2022 at 8:40 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Through the Arrowstone Hills – Kamloops Trails
Sun, Jul 24, 2022 at 8:48 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Landstrom Ridge Hike – Kamloops Trails
Thu, Jul 21, 2022 at 8:46 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: McQueen Creek Loop – Kamloops Trails
Wed, Jul 20, 2022 at 8:32 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: For healthy habitats, leave it to the beavers — and other animal engineers!
Mon, Jul 18, 2022 at 8:50 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Along the Rim of Red Plateau Escarpment
Fri, Jul 15, 2022 at 8:47 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: In the Uplands Hills – Kamloops Trails
Thu Aug 4 Thursday Night Trivia at Rick’n Firkin Pub
Sat Aug 6 Saturday Night Trivia at Alchemy Brewing
Mon Aug 8 Monday Night Trivia at Westsyder Pub
Tue Aug 9 Tuesday Night Trivia at Carlos O’Bryan’s
Wed Aug 10 Wednesday Night Trivia at Fox’N Hounds Pub
Thu Aug 11 Thursday Night Trivia at Tumbleweeds Pub
Thu Aug 11 Thursday Night Trivia at Rick’n Firkin Pub
Sat Aug 13 Saturday Night Trivia at Alchemy Brewing
Mon Aug 15 Monday Night Trivia at Westsyder Pub
Tue Aug 16 Tuesday Night Trivia at Carlos O’Bryan’s
Wed Aug 17 Wednesday Night Trivia at Fox’N Hounds Pub
Thu Aug 18 Thursday Night Trivia at Tumbleweeds Pub
Thu Aug 18 Thursday Night Trivia at Rick’n Firkin Pub
Sat Aug 20 Saturday Night Trivia at Alchemy Brewing