10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission called the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “the framework” for reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Implementation of the Declaration is too important to take place in a haphazard way. Or to be left to political whim.
That’s why it’s so important that Canada’s commitment to fully implement the Declaration, and a clear process for doing so -- be enshrined in national legislation.
A private members bill now before Parliament would do just that. Bill C-262 would establish an overall framework for government to work with Indigenous peoples to bring Canada laws and government programmes and priorities into line with the Declaration.
Amnesty International has joined Indigenous peoples’ organizations in urging the federal government to embrace and build on this approach.