ProBC considers revitalization of First Languages of primary importance. It should be to both government and the general public of BC. ProBC would like to see our government be as representative of First Nations as it claims to be for non-Aboriginal citizens. Executing tangible actions like making available greater resources for the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and more symbolic actions such as legislating Aboriginal languages as official languages of British Columbia.
A truly Progressive First Nations policy, which should be a primary goal for society, is working toward building healthy populations of fluent First Language speakers. People who are able to exclusively or near-exclusively communicate in their ancestral language. Such an initiative cannot be achieved with efforts made by the provincial government alone, it can only be achieved with the guidance of First Nations communities and leaders along with support from the non-Aboriginal public.
ProBC understands that a society which functions successfully includes communities that flourish culturally. ProBC will work towards a future where Aboriginal communities command a leading and predominant role within BC society. Whereby First Nations freely influence their local communities as individual cultures and the province itself as a collective people, Aboriginal communities must not be simply heard by the provincial government, but rather have their needs truly considered and acted upon.
For example, ProBC understands that the government of BC should cease all infringements on sovereign lands presently inhabited by First Nations, such as the Site C Dam in relation to Treaty 8 First Nations. Also, ProBC believes the government must go even further by beginning a process of restoring traditional lands to the various Indigenous people throughout the province wherever possible. As well, knowledge of First Nations history and culture should be understood as a major part of our province's own history by the majority of citizens.
A thorough understanding of the culture and history of Aboriginal people by non-Aboriginal primary and secondary students would be greatly beneficial to our society. Such educational material can be integrated into the general curriculum within currently established courses such as social studies or history and could also be offered in greater detail as an elective course in secondary school.
This would benefit the future generations of our citizens to better understand First Nations culture and society as well as an increase of awareness and respect by the non-Aboriginal public of Indigenous life.