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South Peace Chambers work together to see workplace reconciliation resolutions adopted at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM

Article by
Jerrilyn Schembri

The provincial government passed DRIPA legislation in November 2019 to implement the UN Declaration, which the Truth and Reconciliation Commission confirms as the framework for reconciliation.

The outcomes of the B.C. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act is to create a path forward that respects the human rights of Indigenous peoples while introducing better transparency and predictability in the work we do together.

For the business community to adopt DRIPA into their business models, there must be an understanding of the importance and value of collaborating with First Nations and the steps that must be taken to achieve reconciliation.

The Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd Chambers of Commerce worked together to create a resolution dealing with this that would be brought forward to the BC Chamber AGM. After passing unanimously, the resolution was sent to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM to bring forward to the Federal Government.  After working with the Surrey Board of Trade and the three submitting Chambers, the resolution was brought forward at the Canadian Chamber AGM. This resolution is bold step forward on the path to reconciliation and is the first resolution from the South Peace to get national attention.

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