‘It’s the first time in history there’s been a plan to address urban aboriginals’
DECEMBER 18, 2012
Kamloops is among five B.C. cities that will pilot the first phase of the Off-Reserve Aboriginal Action Plan (ORAAP), the province announced on Monday.
The plan, announced a year ago in the speech from the throne, is aimed at improving the lives of growing numbers of aboriginal people who choose to live in urban/off-reserve areas.
In Kamloops, that’s roughly 70 per cent of the area’s aboriginal population, said Christopher Phillips, executive director of the Interior Indian Friendship Centre.
“It’s historical, really,” he said. “It’s the first time in history there’s been a plan to address urban aboriginals.”
Friendship centres, along with Métis Nation of B.C., will work in partnership with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and federal Aboriginal Affairs in an effort to improve the quality of life for off-reserve natives.