Updated: January 6, 2023
Vancouver B.C. – B.C.’s Supreme Court has granted B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner leave to intervene in two cases—Gitxaala Nation v. Chief Gold Commissioner of B.C. et al. and Ehattesaht First Nation v. His Majesty the King in right of B.C. et al.—that will mark the first legal tests of B.C.’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA or the Declaration Act) since it became law in 2019. The Declaration Act plays an important role in decolonization and reconciliation efforts in the province.
“The cases brought by Gitxaala and Ehattesaht First Nations against British Columbia have the potential to set an important precedent about the legal effect of DRIPA,” said Kasari Govender, B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner.
“I am looking forward to assisting the court by providing legal submissions about how to interpret and apply this legislation as a human rights statute that affirms the application of UNDRIP to the laws of British Columbia,” she concluded.
For more information about the cases and the Commissioner’s application to intervene filed in December 2022, please view the following resources:
- B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner applies for intervenor status in cases that could set important precedent for the interpretation of B.C.’s Declaration Act
- Gitxaala Nation and Ehattesaht First Nation challenge B.C. mineral tenure regime
Please find this release in PDF format here.
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B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner, Kasari Govender, started her five-year term on Sept. 3, 2019. Since then, our Office has been working swiftly to build a strong team, to listen deeply to the concerns of British Columbians, to deliver education materials on our rights and responsibilities, to issue policy guidance to protect marginalized communities and to lay a human rights-based foundation for our work. As an independent officer of the Legislature, the Commissioner is uniquely positioned to ensure human rights in B.C. are protected, respected and advanced on a systemic level throughout our society.
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