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.
2023 Learning Events
Thanks to all who attended the October 30 event called to showcase work done during the Big Bar Landslide Emergency Response. The event looks back to 2019 when First Nations, federal and provincial staff rose to take action after a massive landslide had blocked salmon passage on the Fraser. It’s an opportunity to reflect on what’s possible when working together in a good way, even at a time of crisis and uncertainty.
Thanks too to those who took part in An Introduction to Ethical Space and Indigenous Engagement on April 5. The session offered BC local government leaders and staff a good opportunity to understand the theory and application of Ethical Space as a framework for advancing reconciliation, sustainability and shared decision-making.
Another online event was held in called 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 on the partnership between the Leq’á:mél, Matsqui and Semá:th First Nations and the City of Mission. The video recording is here for anyone who missed the event.
Learn more about upcoming learning events on the Realizing UNDRIP Initiative website.
Bob Purdy, Executive Vice President, Fraser Basin Council