Realizing UNDRIP Initiative
Supporting Strong Indigenous—Non-Indigenous Relationships
The Realizing UNDRIP Initiative educates and inspires non-Indigenous people working in government and in the private and not-for-profit sectors to work together in a good way with Indigenous peoples, organizations and communities.
The concept for the initiative arose when FBC’s Indigenous Directors and invited Indigenous guests discussed with other Directors how the Fraser Basin Council could play a role in educating non-Indigenous people on ways to become better allies of Indigenous peoples. The Realizing UNDRIP Initiative was subsequently created. With direction from an Indigenous Advisory Committee, and support from the Fraser Basin Council, the initiative aims to share inspirational stories of Indigenous and non-Indigenous collaboration.
Through success stories, resources and learning events, the initiative brings forward insights on building strong Indigenous – non-Indigenous relationships that are essential to meaningful progress on reconciliation and sustainability.
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Í:xel Sq'eq'ó—Together We Paddle: Leq’á:mél, Mathexwi and Semá:th First Nations and the City of Mission Land Back Initiative
March 29, 2023 (12 – 1:30 pm)
The Realizing UNDRIP Initiative is hosting a free online learning event to share the story of the partnership between the Leq’á:mél, Matsqui and Semá:th First Nations and the City of Mission. Learn about the process, challenges and keys to success from the First Nations and municipal leadership that led to return of Crown land to the Nations and government-to-government commitments to manage new parkland.
Ethical Space 101
April 5, 2023
Creating safe spaces for respectful dialogue among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is essential to building mutual understanding and positive relationships, especially at a community level.
Local governments play a unique and integral role in implementing UNDRIP on the ground in community planning and decision-making. This Realizing UNDRIP Initiative-hosted learning event is in partnership with Gwen Bridge Consulting and is geared toward local government leadership and staff seeking to learn the theory and application of ethical space as a framework for advancing reconciliation, sustainability and collaborative shared decision-making. Participants will learn the what, how and why of ethical space in order to take steps to realize UNDRIP and build successful relationships with Indigenous Nations in their communities.