The Premier is pledging to hold talks in the coming months on Aboriginal children’s issues.
Christy Clark and members of her cabinet have been meeting in Vancouver with about 500 First Nations leaders.
Clark says First Nations must become the driving force in reconciliation talks with the government.
“There are 203 distinct and unique First Nations in B.C. and more languages, more First Nations languages spoken here than anywhere else in the country put together and we are really blessed by that.”
She says they’ve now approved a reconciliation document that’s viewed as a road map for future economic, social, and legal relations.
Clark calls it a road map for future economic, social and legal relations between aboriginal peoples and the province.
“It’s about seeing each other as partners as equal partners in what we’re doing, equal partners in building our economy, equal partners in sharing in the wealth of our province that we extract from the earth and things that we build on, equal partners in understanding that our children belong to all of us and that’s what reconciliation is about.”
Clark vows to hold talks on aboriginal children’s issues soon and has announced $2 million in funding to encourage more aboriginal students to pursue masters and doctoral level degrees.