Publications and reports

Indigenous Rights

in Times of Emergency

Part of the Implementing UNDRIP in BC discussion paper series

The paper discusses the effects of an emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic on human rights generally, and Indigenous rights specifically, recognizing the unforeseen effects of COVID-19 on various vulnerable populations, and the ways previous emergencies have affected these populations. It addresses the questions about the process of reconciliation, and ways that the priorities of reconciliation may need to change in order to continue moving forward. 


Emergencies, Indigenous

Governance and Jurisdiction

Part of the Implementing UNDRIP in BC discussion paper series

This paper discusses how the recent pandemic due to COVID-19 has reinforced the importance in the recognition, implementation and right to self-govern. As we prepare for possible pandemics similar to COVID-19 and attempt to strengthen governance in times of distress, this paper serves as a jumping off point in the right to self-governance and reconciliation. 



Primer on practice shifts required with Canada’s Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families

January 2020

On January 1, 2020, new federal legislation came into effect for all provinces and territories in Canada to create a “comprehensive reform of child and family services that are provided in relation to Indigenous children.” This paper is a primer on the new legislation, aimed at those working with First Nations children, youth, families, communities and First Nations governments.


Special Dialogue on Bill 41 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA)

November 2019

This summary report highlights some of the issues raised at a dialogue session on Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) in British Columbia in November 2019. The session brought together First Nations leaders, lawyers, community members and those working in government to discuss potential challenges in implementing BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), using the UN Declaration as a framework for reconciliation.

Building Indigenous-led Engagement Frameworks

February 2019

This summary report highlights some of the issues raised from a dialogue in the Indigenous Data, Information and Records Dialogue Series. The goal for these dialogues was to collaboratively develop a model of engagement for Indigenous data, information and records housed at UBC, the IRSHDC and beyond. This summary features key conversations and themes from the first dialogue in the series, which took place in January 2019.


Special Dialogue on Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia

December 2018

This summary report examines some of the past and current efforts that have been made to transform Crown-Indigenous relations across Canada, along with providing critical considerations for implementing the UN Declaration in British Columbia. The report also focuses on achieving the broad and systemic shifts that are needed in order to support the ongoing work of Indigenous self-determination and self-government.