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Province passed declaration act a year ago, but First Nations leaders say they’ve still to see an action plan
First Nations leaders on Vancouver Island are hoping the B.C NDP will use its majority election win to live up to a major promise the party made them last year on Indigenous rights.
Last November, under Premier John Horgan, B.C. became the first government in North America to pass legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission describes as the “framework for reconciliation.”
The 46 articles of UNDRIP affirm the rights of Indigenous people to live in dignity, maintain their culture and participate in government decision-making, among other things.