B.C.'s throne-speech commitment to develop an Off-reserve Aboriginal Action Plan (ORAAP) is on track and moving forward, according to the ORAAP 2012-13 Year-End Report, released today.
The report details progress to date toward reaching innovative solutions to address key socio-economic challenges facing British Columbia's Aboriginal people living off-reserve and in urban areas.
Key steps taken since the plan was announced in 2011 have included:
- A protocol agreement between the Province and the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres to collaborate on ORAAP.
- An agreement between the Province and the federal government outlining how they will collaboratively work together to support the off-reserve and urban Aboriginal population.
- A social innovation competition designed to generate innovative ideas that will have positive social impacts in off-reserve/urban Aboriginal communities.
- Implementation of five community pilots in Vancouver, Surrey, Prince George, Kamloops and Duncan, resulting in reports identifying community priorities, initiatives and next steps.
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad -
"Achieving meaningful change for B.C.'s off-reserve community is a challenge, but it's clear that the Off-reserve Aboriginal Action Plan is moving us in the right direction."
"This report highlights the success of this approach, including the importance of community-driven processes that better meets the overall community needs."
To view the ORAAP 2012-13 Year-End Report, visit: http://www.gov.bc.ca/arr/reports/default.html
For more information about ORAAP, visit: http://www.newrelationship.gov.bc.ca/agreements_and_leg/other.html
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation