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Nov 29, 2022
It’s here to challenge the lack of Indigenous perspectives informing business programs across Canada
In boardrooms across Canada, in any given moment there’s a discussion ongoing about this organization’s commitment to Indigenous communities or that company’s action plan for reconciliation. A lot of the initial interest—before Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission—was spurred by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), adopted by the UN’s General Assembly in 2007.
UNDRIP set a framework of minimum standards for “the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world.” In 2019, B.C. became the first jurisdiction in Canada to pass legislation implementing UNDRIP, though it took until this March—and the release of an 89-point Declaration Act Action Plan—for the provincial government to make clear how exactly they’d do it. This summer, the province ponied up $8.4 million to fund development of a reconciliation framework for B.C.’s community social services sector.
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