Leaders, delegates, and advocates are set to discuss climate change, the revitalization of Indigenous languages, modernizing the Emergency Program Act (EPA), and rights to self-determination.
This allows them to review laws, policies, and practices in priority areas among Indigenous communities. These include child care, infrastructure, and education.
B.C. Premiere John Horgan took the stage for opening remarks, expressing his optimism for the road to Truth and Reconciliation. He emphasizes how the event is an opportunity to build relationships.
“It’s establishing personal relationships that help us break through some of the institutional inertia that has kept us back and has kept Indigenous people back for a century and a half in British Columbia.” -John Horgan, BC Premier
650 meetings, including one-on-one meetups, will take place in the next two days. Ministers and deputy ministers in attendance include Attorney General David Eby and Minister of Indigenous Relations Scott Fraser. The convention will last until November 6th.