10th Anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted 10 years ago on September 13, 2007. This was a momentous moment for global rights. The Declaration responded to the centuries of racism and oppression that have fueled violence against Indigenous Peoples, uprooted their families and communities, and pushed them to the margins of society. Equally importantly, the Declaration was the first international human rights instrument developed with the direct participation of the very people whose survival and well-being are at stake.
A decade later, the challenge before us is to turn universal state endorsement of the Declaration into meaningful action. The current federal government has been outspoken in its support for the Declaration and its visions of reconciliation; however, the actions of government have not lived up to this rhetoric. Furthermore, the federal government has failed to work collaboratively with Indigenous Peoples to develop concrete strategies for implementation.