Bill 41 runs just three pages – not including the reproduction of UNDRIP’s 46 articles – and it does not define consent or redress. Instead, it requires the province, in consultation with Indigenous communities, to develop an action plan that will determine how UNDRIP is implemented. The government will be required to provide annual, public reports on progress.
Greg D’Avignon, president of the Business Council of B.C., welcomed Bill 41 and said his members have obtained consent from First Nations in hundreds of instances. Now, he said, the province is shouldering more responsibility. “This starts the process of enabling economic reconciliation, with the kinds of supports that the province should have been providing for decades.”