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BC’s response to the Gitxaala Nation’s legal action over mineral claims contradicts its commitment to reconciliation.
On March 30, the B.C. government announced a five-year action plan to implement the 2019 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.
At first blush, the action plan contains powerful statements of values as well as a number of solid actions in areas ranging from Indigenous rights and title to education, health and revitalization of Indigenous languages. But will it really change things on the ground? The province’s ongoing adversarial relationship with nations that are seeking legal remedies to long-standing injustices — including those explicitly named in the DRIPA action plan — injects a hefty dose of doubt.
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