Our Indigenous Services
The BC Ombudsperson is committed to advancing and supporting reconciliation through our work with Indigenous peoples. We recognize and respect Indigenous rights and histories in delivering our services. Our goal is to strengthen our partnerships with Indigenous service providers, community leaders and individuals to ensure all Indigenous peoples across BC are treated fairly. To achieve this, we are working both externally and internally with a number of initiatives underway.
We are engaging with Indigenous Communities and Service Providers
The BC Ombudsperson is conducting a series of round-table and focus group discussions with Indigenous service providers as well as Indigenous leaders and community members. We want to listen and learn and share information about the services we provide.
Thank you to everyone who has participated and shared with us! While our upcoming focus group discussions are fully booked, we are considering offering additional sessions. If you’re interested in participating in future conversations with our office or would like to collaborate with us, please contact Jolene Andrew.
We are planning for what our services to Indigenous Communities will look like into the future
Our office is taking the feedback we hear and developing a comprehensive Indigenous Communities Services Plan that:
- Ensures Indigenous community leaders, individuals and support organizations are aware of the Ombudsperson’s mandate and services
- Ensures the BC Ombudsperson conducts its work in a matter that respects Indigenous cultures, traditions, practices and languages.
- Supports Indigenous communities in their journey towards self-governance.
We are responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission call to action to provide education to our staff
We are committed to ongoing training for our staff to learn about the history of Indigenous peoples and will continue to strive for continuous improvement as we build our cultural competency.