B.C. is providing detailed reporting about progress to achieve the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) through the 2022-23 Declaration Act Annual Report.
“We were the first government in Canada to release an action plan dedicated to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” said Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and minister responsible for the Declaration Act Secretariat. “It’s been one year since the launch of the Declaration Act Action Plan, and this annual report will be the first to begin detailing progress about the 89 specific actions to be taken over five years of the plan. In year one, 32 actions are completed or underway, and as we work in partnership with Indigenous Peoples, we are creating real and lasting change that is building a brighter future for everyone.”
The Declaration Act Action Plan, released on March 30, 2022, is a five-year, cross-government action plan that is guiding the Province’s work to implement the UN Declaration in B.C. The first of its kind in Canada, the plan includes actions in the areas of self-determination and self-government, rights and title, ending anti-Indigenous racism, and enhancing social, cultural and economic well-being for Indigenous Peoples.
Details of the work underway are highlighted in the Province’s redesigned Declaration Act website, as well as comprehensive reporting about progress and indicators. This year, rather than a standard PDF report, the Province has taken the Declaration Act Annual Report online.
The new digital-first presentation responds to input received from Indigenous partners seeking a more collaborative, accessible and accountable approach to reporting. As a result of the continued partnership with Indigenous leaders and experts, the 2022-23 Declaration Act annual report features voices and experiences of Indigenous Peoples throughout B.C., as well as artwork by Sheldon Pierre Louis, a syilx (Okanagan) multi-disciplinary artist.
The website also features the work of the Declaration Act Secretariat – established in 2022 – and provides an update about progress to align provincial laws with the UN Declaration.
- The Province reports on progress made to implement the Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples Act through annual reports, a requirement of the act.
- These reports are developed in consultation and co-operation with Indigenous Peoples in B.C. and are publicly released by June 30 each year.
Explore the refreshed Declaration Act website and reporting from year one of the Declaration Act Action Plan: https://declaration.gov.bc.ca
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