Express cultural and historical awareness and respect

For public service employees working on digital services, cultural and historical awareness and respect includes: 

  • Understanding the current and historical harms caused by the government’s treatment of Indigenous Peoples 
  • Recognizing that First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples each have distinct cultures, perspectives and priorities that influence what they need from digital services 
  • Making decisions in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to ensure our services meet their needs and support the government’s commitments to Reconciliation 

The implementation of this practice will look different depending on your work and those impacted by it. Regardless of your work, the consistent element of implementing this practice in alignment with B.C. ’s Draft Principles guiding its relationship with Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action,  UNDRIP, the BC Declaration Act and documented Indigenous perspectives. These documents should supplement, but never replace, insights from Indigenous Peoples. The implementation of this practice must be done in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples. 

How we work is as important as what we do. As public service employees, we need to commit to do better and raise the standard of care in our work with Indigenous communities and Peoples. We need to work in a way that embodies the spirit of Reconciliation and helps build a better British Columbia for Indigenous Peoples. 

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