Comment: Indigenous rights are nothing to fear

Douglas White writes: In November, in a welcome announcement and demonstration of non-partisan leadership, Jody Wilson-Raybould, minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, announced the government’s support for private member’s Bill C-262, which had been championed by NDP member of Parliament Romeo Saganash.

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Canada Takes One More Step Toward Ratifying UNDRIP

Gabriella Rutherford writes: In what Assembly of First Nations Chief (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde called a “crucial step towards reconciliation”, the Canadian House of Commons recently voted by 217 votes to 76 that Bill C-262, “An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, should pass second reading.

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Open Letter to All Members of Parliament

"Parliamentarians should embrace Bill C-262 as a crucial step toward shared goal of reconciliation; repudiate fear mongering and misrepresentations of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."

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Liberal Gov to Back up Indigenous Rights Bill

Liberal government backs bill that demands full implementation of UN Indigenous rights declaration

Justice minister supports NDP bill to fully implement UNDRIP, something activists have long demanded

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News Posted: Nov 21, 2017 12:53 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 21, 2017 4:04 PM ET

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the federal government will an endorse a private member's bill that calls for the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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Liberals promise to back up Bill C-262

Liberals will back U.N. Indigenous rights bill

 

 

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When moving past the Indian Act means something worse

diabo-article-2.jpgThe history of constitutional talks and federal policy tells us that even when Canada talks about eliminating the Indian Act, Indigenous rights are at risk.

Russell Diabo posted an article on Policy Options | Institute for Research on Public Policy

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10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Canada needs a legislative framework

DanceUNDRIP.jpgThe United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a crucial framework to achieve reconciliation. Such a human rights-based approach is essential to address the racism and discrimination that has caused such profound harm to Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world.  Violations include uprooting Indigenous peoples from their territories and resources, failure to honour Treaties, tearing Indigenous children from their families, and making Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people the targets of unimaginable violence.

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Trudeau's promise of a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples seems to be all talk

JT.jpgThe seemingly never-ending string of transgressions from a government that's supposed to be resetting its relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples just got another addition.

Earlier this month, the Prime Minister's Office announced in a news release that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with premiers and Indigenous leaders on Oct. 3, boasting about Canada's "progress towards a true nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationship."

The problem was, at least one of those Indigenous leaders, Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said the announcement was the first he heard about the meeting.

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Where does Canada sit 10 years after UNDRIP?

PamPalmater.jpgIt's been 10 years since the world's Indigenous Peoples celebrated the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

"Canada is fooling people when it says it unconditionally supports UNDRIP," said Palmater.

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Collaborative consent is path to govern according to UNDRIP

BClegislature.jpgIn an era of conflict around pipelines, new hydropower dams, and developments of all sorts in Indigenous traditional territories across B.C., we welcome the premier’s Sept. 6 announcement that, going forward, B.C. will be governed according to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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