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Working Towards Reconciliation

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 Ombudsperson is conducting a series of round-table 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.


Read our news release about these engagement sessions and download our promotional materials to share with your communities.

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.

“We know we have much to learn and look forward to building strong relationships with Indigenous communities as we continue on our reconciliation journey. We are committed to ensuring our services meet the needs of Indigenous peoples in every corner of the province and if anyone needs our services they know we are here to help.”

—Jay Chalke, BC Ombudsperson

Upcoming Round Table Events

Join us for a series of round tables with BC’s Ombudsperson. Register for the events below and download our informational toolkits.

Provider Date Time Registration Link Event Toolkit
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:00 p.m. Register now Justice Toolkit
Child, Youth & Family Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10:00 a.m. Register now Child, Youth & Family Toolkit
Education, Housing & Social Services Monday, January 25, 2021 10:00 a.m. Register now Education Toolkit
Health Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:00 p.m. Register now Health Toolkit
Natural Resource & Environment Thursday, February 4, 2021 10:00 a.m. Register now Natural Resource & Environment Toolkit
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