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Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

Realizing UNDRIP is an Initiative to Support Strong Indigenous—Non-Indigenous Relationships

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

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.

Visit the Realizing UNDRIP Initiative website!

Learning Events

Thanks to all who attended our 2023 events. Watch for new learning events in 2024 on the Realizing UNDRIP Initiative website.

Big Bar Landslide Emergency Response (October 2023)

In 2019 First Nations, federal and provincial staff rose to take emergency action after a massive landslide was found to have blocked salmon passage in a remote canyon along the Fraser River north of Lillooet. This 2023 learning event shared reflections on that experience, the work that followed, and what’s possible when working together in a good way, even in a time of crisis and uncertainty. Missed the event? See the video!

An Introduction to Ethical Space and Indigenous Engagement (April 2023)

This session was designed for BC local government leaders and staff. It offered an opportunity to understand the theory and application of Ethical Space as a framework for advancing reconciliation, sustainability and shared decision-making.

A Land Back Story: Leq’á:mél, Mathxwi, & Semá:th First Nations with City of Mission (March 2023)

A Land Back Story looks at the partnership between the Leq’á:mél, Matsqui and Semá:th First Nations and the City of Mission. The signing of the Í:xel Sq'eq'ó (Together We Paddle) agreement in 2021 brought together local, provincial and the three First Nations governments. The latter had worked together for over a decade to see the return of 60 hectares of their shared traditional territory. The three First Nations now hold the land jointly through a society; 50 hectares will be leased back to Mission for parkland and recreation, and the balance will be developed to support much-needed housing and to increase economic and social opportunities for those Nations.


Bob Purdy, Executive Vice President, Fraser Basin Council



About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

FBC Program Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

Contact Us

FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350