Publications and reports

Taking “All Measures Necessary” to Ensure Laws are Consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

April 2021

This paper discusses the federal government’s proposed legislation, Bill C-15, in context with BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. The paper discusses legislative developments and obligations to ensure that laws are consistent with UNDRIP.

Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through Federal Government Legislation

February 2021

On February 4, 2021 the Centre held a virtual Dialogue on Bill C-15, the legislation proposed by the federal government to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Dialogue brought together 12 Indigenous, federal, and provincial politicians and leading experts to share a range of views on Bill C-15, and what it represents. The summary report highlights key considerations and themes from the discussions.


A Commentary on the Federal

Government’s Legislation to Implement

the United Nations Declaration

on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Part of the Implementing UNDRIP in BC discussion paper series

The seventh paper in the UNDRIP paper series is a commentary on the federal government’s proposed legislation (Bill C-15) to implement the UN Declaration. This legislation was made public in December 2020 and has spurred much dialogue and debate. 



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.