VICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government is extending the deadline for input on the draft action plan under the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.

The consultation period was originally set to end on July 31st.

Taking into consideration the residential school discoveries and the impacts of wildfires on First Nations and Indigenous peoples, the Province will extend the deadline for feedback to September 15th.

“Many people across the province require urgent support for very pressing needs,” said Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. “We have been asked by partners to give more time so people can comment on the draft action plan, and we agree that this is the right thing to do.”

The draft action plan outlines various plausible actions to “transform laws, policies and practices to support Indigenous peoples in healing, reclaiming language and culture, rebranding nations and governments, implementing title and rights, fostering social and economic wellbeing, and combatting racism,” says a release.

The draft action plan has 79 items designed to:

The Province is looking for feedback from First Nations and Indigenous peoples on the draft action plan because, when finalized, it will be the roadmap to the Province’s reconciliation efforts for the next five years.

To give feedback, go to the B.C. Government website.