Premier John Horgan has made the following statement about the federal government’s announcement that it will create a recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights framework in partnership with Indigenous Peoples:
“I welcome today’s announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the federal government will create a new legislative and policy framework to guide their relationship with Indigenous Peoples.
“British Columbia shares Ottawa’s commitment. Our government is taking steps in partnership with Indigenous Peoples in our jurisdiction to make true reconciliation possible.
“In yesterday’s speech from the throne, we announced our intention to develop a cross-ministry framework in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to meet our commitments to the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Tsilhqot’in decision.
“Aboriginal title and rights are a matter of law and justice. We must move away from the ongoing cycle of court battles, embrace Section 35 of the Constitution and move toward meaningful reconciliation in partnership with Indigenous Peoples.
“This is a unique time in Canada’s history, where all partners at the table are focused on transforming the Crown-Indigenous relationship. That process starts when we recognize the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples.
“We look forward to working with First Nations, Métis, all Indigenous partners and Canada, as we build a new and better relationship.”