Indigenous Reconciliation: A Commitment to Building Stronger Communities Together

From the: British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) / Northern Regional Construction Association (NRCA) / Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) / Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) / Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA)

Our Associations stand united in our commitment to Indigenous reconciliation…

We acknowledge and respect the rich cultural heritage, traditions, and rights of the First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples who have lived on the land we today call Canada for millennia.

We honour and acknowledge that construction projects across British Columbia take place on traditional Indigenous territories. We also recognize the importance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 92, which calls on businesses to engage in meaningful consultation and collaboration with Indigenous peoples and build respectful relationships that promote mutual understanding and prosperity.

Acknowledging the historical and current injustices and wrongs inflicted on Indigenous people through colonization and the residential school system, we understand that true reconciliation requires more than just words; it demands action, understanding, and a genuine willingness to collaborate and build meaningful relationships. We commit ourselves to the journey of reconciliation, guided by the principles of respect, recognition, and partnership.

As associations representing the construction industry, we will actively seek ways to engage and involve First Nation, Inuit and Métis Rights holders in decision-making processes, ensuring Indigenous voices are heard and Traditional Knowledge and perspectives are valued.

Education and awareness are crucial components of our reconciliation journey. We will continue to educate ourselves, our members, and the wider construction community about the histories, cultures, contributions and aspirations of Indigenous peoples.

We also understand that reconciliation is a collective responsibility that extends beyond our association network. We will actively collaborate with Indigenous communities, industry partners, and government agencies to advance reconciliation efforts, share best practices, and support equal opportunities for Indigenous workers and businesses throughout the construction industry.

We invite all stakeholders in the construction industry to join us on this transformative path, as we build bridges of understanding, respect, and collaboration towards a more inclusive and prosperous future.

Our reconciliation journey will require patience, humility, and a commitment to continuous learning and growth. This is a first step to building stronger communities together. We will hold ourselves accountable to these commitments to ensure they translate into meaningful change.