UNDRIP: 9 YEARS AFTER ADOPTION AT UNITED NATIONS, TIME FOR ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION BY CANADA
September 13th, 2016 - 2:34pm
Ottawa- NDP Intergovernmental Indigenous Affairs critic, Romeo Saganash, marks today’s ninth anniversary of the historic adoption of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN General Assembly. This Declaration is the product of almost 25 years of work, when UN member states and Indigenous delegates developed the instrument to attain broad, global support and reaffirm the human rights of Indigenous peoples.
Unfortunately, the federal government has yet to adopt and implement the UN Declaration or honour their promise to begin a respectful nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Bill C-262, tabled by MP Saganash in April 2016, provides a clear path to adopt and implement the Declaration in a way that is principled, systematic, cooperative, transparent and accountable.
“The provisions of the UN Declaration provide the necessary framework so that governments can interpret and apply international and national laws regarding the rights of Indigenous peoples,” said Saganash. “The Declaration is a fundamental human rights tool. My Bill C-262 deserves the support of all Parliamentarians, all Parties, and all Canadians: I call on the government to support my Bill, endorsed by Indigenous Peoples and Canadians from coast to coast to coast, and work with me to pass C-262 unanimously. Then we will see a new relationship based on equality and respect”.
Adoption and implementation of the UN Declaration is recommended as the framework for reconciliation by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including the development of a nation action plan, strategies and concrete measures to achieve its goals. Bill C-262 provides a measured and collaborative approach to ensuring that the federal government respects its obligations to Indigenous Peoples now and for future generations.