Reconciliation at the CRD
Due to the Indian Act, the 19 First Nations governments with traditional territories within the boundaries of the CRD have been prevented from participating in regional governance decisions that impact their communities. Over the last few years, the CRD has started to engage more meaningfully with local First Nations on decisions that impact their rights and interests, but there is much work to be done to give local First Nations
Laurel is committed to finding ways that First Nations can meaningfully participate in CRD decision making that affects their rights and interests, and ensure that all CRD decision making is guided by the TRC's calls to Action, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, The Douglas Treaty and the Modern Treaty Process. Laurel will also work towards bridging the wealth gap and finding shared economic prosperity for local First Nations.