BC introduces legislation to implement UN Declaration

October 30, 2019

The Government of British Columbia has introduced legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration). Article 14 of the UN Declaration states that Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems, that Indigenous individuals have the right to all levels and forms of education without discrimination, and that the government and Indigenous peoples will work together to ensure Indigenous individuals outside their communities have access when possible to an education in their own culture and language. Upon passing the legislation, BC will reportedly become the first province or territory in Canada to legislate its endorsement of the UN Declaration. Newswire (BC)