A milestone in Indigenous, state relations

Thursday October 24th 2019.

Dirk Meissner writes for Star Metro Vancouver

VICTORIA – British Columbia is set to become the first province to introduce human rights legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ensuring Indigenous Peoples are full participants in all aspects of the province.

Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit says the legislation will redefine historical relations between BC and Aboriginal Peoples.

Among other things the declaration says Indigenous peoples have the right to determine their political status and pursue economic, social and cultural development; ‘a milestone in Indigenous, state relations.’