In Sympathy and Solidarity
The tragic and heartbreaking discovery of the undocumented remains of 215 Indigenous children at the site of the former residential school in Kamloops has emphasized the continued and lasting impact such institutions have had on Indigenous Canadians.
CPABC acknowledges this tragedy, and that there were another 22 residential schools across the province. We stand with the lost children and their families, and recognize the devastating effect that residential schools have had and continue to have on Indigenous communities.
We stand in mourning with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc people, Residential School Survivors, their families, and their communities as they process this tragic loss.
Building for a stronger, more inclusive future
Increasing Indigenous representation in the profession has been a priority for CPABC since its inception. And it is a goal that aligns with the policy direction of the BC government; in November 2019, British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in Canada to pass legislation that brought provincial laws in line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Our Indigenous engagement plan is built on the core principle that CPABC protects the public by ensuring that the skills of a CPA are accessible to all communities and that the CPA profession reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. Therefore, the long-term goal of CPABC’s Indigenous plan is to increase the number of Indigenous students obtaining their CPA.
The short- and medium-term goals in support of CPABC’s Indigenous engagement plan include:
- Raising awareness and excitement among Indigenous students of the value of going into business and finance;
- Raising awareness among Indigenous students of the value of earning a CPA designation; and
- Collaborating with Indigenous communities to demonstrate a CPA’s value in building financial management capacity and in strengthening governance processes overall.
Read more about CPABC’s Indigenous Engagement Plan.