• To enhance, promote, protect and foster the social, economic, educational, cultural, health, wellbeing and rights of Indigenous people (defined by Section 35 of the Constitution Act; 1982) within the Province of British Columbia;
  • To embrace and promote the spirit and intent of the 46 Articles contained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People;
  • To promote “reconciliation” and the Truth and Reconciliation Report 94 Calls to Action through collaboration, inclusion and placed based strategies that ensure that the experiences and aspirations of Indigenous peoples in British Columbia are essential components in building a successful shared future and positive relationships between Indigenous Peoples and other cultural groups in British Columbia‘s communities;
  • To help organize and unite Indigenous Peoples for the purpose of creating a voice for urban and off reserve Indigenous peoples in British Columbia with all levels of government — including municipal, provincial, and federal governments — in order to ensure their interests are promoted and protected; 
  • To carry out programs consistent with those of a charitable organization for the advancement of improved health, education, cultural inclusion, and economic wellbeing among the Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia;
  • To strive to build a unified voice and vision on core issues impacting Indigenous Peoples  with all levels of government in the areas of housing, education, justice, health, social services, environment, and conservation in British Columbia;
  • To support the just resolution of land claims and Indigenous Rights in British Columbia;
  • To strive to provide opportunities to advance the levels of education, training, and economic opportunities for Indigenous Peoples;
  • To promote the development of Canadian natural resources in a manner that respects Indigenous Rights and benefits First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Communities;
  • To fulfill the above purposes and in furtherance thereof: to solicit and raise funds and to apply for funds to carry out the purposes of the NorthWest Indigenous Council Society and to accept donations for such purposes.

    NWIC Regions

    NWIC’s membership is structured using a regional representative system based on the BC First Nations Health Authority regions: Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal, Vancouver Island, and Northern.