The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by resolution of the UN General Assembly in 2007. UNDRIP was established to guarantee Indigenous Peoples around the world individual and collective rights, and offers guidance to governments on how to recognize and promote those rights. BC has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to take steps to implement UNDRIP by enacting legislation, the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), in November 2019. This legislation paves the way for new relationships, agreements and shared decision-making with Indigenous governments, and is a sign of more changes to come at the provincial and federal level. 

This two-day conference will bring together experts from First Nations, government, industry, academia and the Indigenous legal community to discuss provincial and federal implementation of UNDRIP, impacts and new opportunities for Indigenous communities, industry perspectives and the ongoing work of reconciliation.

Featuring a keynote address by Dr. Roshan Danesh.