Government Commitments

Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

Budget 2021

April 23, 2021

Budget 2021 invests the following towards “MEANINGFUL RECONCILIATION building on the Fall 2020 Stronger BC Economic Recovery Plan to advance reconciliation and build a more inclusive economy. It includes funding for work with Indigenous peoples to advance reconciliation, and ensure Indigenous peoples can fully participate in B.C.’s economic recovery. Budget 2021 adds $60 million in annual base funding to the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. This is dedicated funding to support Indigenous participation in land and resource activities, including negotiations, and engagement on legislation, policy and programs.
Budget 2021 also includes:

  • $45 million to support culturally safe health services and more Indigenous liaisons in each regional health authority to improve health access and services for Indigenous peoples (In response to systemic racism in health services documented in “In Plain Sight”
  • $14 million for the First Nations Health Authority to deliver targeted mental health and addictions services to Indigenous peoples throughout B.C.
  • 400 more spaces in the Aboriginal Head Start program that provides culturally-relevant child care for Indigenous families
  • Funding to partner with hundreds of Indigenous communities and organizations to expand access to skills training programs

https://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2021/pdf/2021_Highlights.pdf

The BC Assembly of First Nations has flagged the following oversights in the budget:

  • Lack of funding towards UNDRIP and the Action Plan to align BC laws with UNDRIP
  • Lack of funding geared towards the implementation of the MMIWG Action Plan and Calls for Justice;
  • overall advancement in the Indigenous justice sector;
  • cannabis strategy and legalization;
  • wild salmon conservation and aquaculture;
  • emergency management and reform of the Emergency Program Act (EPA); and
  • forestry reform, including old growth management.