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Statement from BCBC regarding the Federal Government's Principles respecting Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples

On Friday, July 14, the Business Council of British Columbia released the following statement on behalf of Greg D'Avignon, President and Chief Executive Officer, in response to the federal government's announced principles respecting Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples:

"The Business Council of British Columbia acknowledges the principles announced by the Federal Government today which will provide a foundation for Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples.  We look forward to reviewing the details and understanding the potential impact for Indigenous peoples, residents and businesses of British Columbia.

"We welcome increased engagement from the Federal Government in matters of reconciliation with the purpose of inclusion and to support greater confidence in Canada from global capital markets and the investment community looking to generate economic opportunity, jobs and a growing economy across the country.  

"The government’s effort, in general, aligns with our ongoing work and partnership with the BC Assembly of First Nations through our Memorandum of Understanding signed in September 2016 in which we committed to working together to eliminate societal and economic gaps between First Nations and non-First Nations, and to advance reconciliation through sustainable economic development. As part of this work, we have established a Champions Table comprised of 11 First Nations Chiefs and 11 business leaders providing a formal ongoing dialogue where leaders can come together to explore opportunities, discuss barriers and work jointly to develop clarity, policies and capacity that will advance a more effective approach to economic development based on reconciliation with First Nations."

About the Business Council of British Columbia

Now in its 51st year as the premier business organization in British Columbia, the Business Council of BC is a non-partisan organization made up of 250 leading companies, post-secondary institutions and organizations from across BC's diverse economy.  The Council produces exceptional public policy research and advocacy in support of creating a competitive economy for the benefit of all British Columbians.


Cheryl Maitland Muir