On Tuesday, November 26, 2019 the B.C. Government passed legislation on Indigenous human rights unanimously.
“This historic legislation – passed by all MLA’s – will ensure that there is a framework to enhance reconciliation,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “The Surrey Board of Trade as Surrey’s city-building & inclusive business organization congratulates the BC Government for their leadership on this, in Canada.”
Surrey has the highest urban indigenous population in British Columbia.
Its impact will not be felt immediately. The legislation is designed to ensure that all B.C. laws are consistent with the 46 articles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The legislation was developed in collaboration with the First Nations Leadership Council at the direction of First Nations.
There is a requirement for all projects on Indigenous territories to receive consent from those communities.
“We are waiting for details of the legislation to be released and hope to have BC Minister Scott Fraser speak to the Surrey Board of Trade and its members to clarify how it will impact Surrey businesses and enhance BC’s economy.”
Read more on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples here https://www.un.org/esa/socdev/ unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf
Anita Huberman, 604-634-0342, firstname.lastname@example.org