Urgent: Tell Senate to Support Bill C262

We need your help today.

Tomorrow, the Senate is set to vote on whether to send 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, to committee for review.

To ensure that the bill passes, we need your help ensuring that all Senators are present and voting in support of the Bill.

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Obstructing UNDRIP Bill Amounts to Racism

Cree Senator Mary Jane McCallum says too much is at stake for Bill C-262 to die on the Senate floor.

The former university professor and long time advocate for Indigenous rights tells APTN News that “by obstructing the vote the senate is feeding into the cycle of manufactured violence toward Indigenous peoples by not providing them the opportunity to move forward in a positive direction.”

For more, read the following article by APTN's Justin Brake—aptnnews.ca/2019/04/18/

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Press Release: Senators must be there for reconciliation

Yesterday, April 1st, representatives of various Indigenous and allied groups had a press conference across from Parliament Hill, just as Bill C262 is about to be debated by a Senate committee. Groups were there to urge the Senate to pass the Bill and ensure that the UN Declaration is passed into law. The press release follows:

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Supporters on 7-day fast to support UNDRIP!

We wanted to share some news about some of the incredible support this initiative is getting. People all across Canada have begun fasting for the passage of Bill C-262 in the Senate. They are fasting for political leaders to do what’s right - to honour Indigenous rights and to embrace the UNDRIP.

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Senate Debates UNDRIP Bill - Part 2

We're happy to share with you 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 - was recently debated by the Senate. We're hoping the third reading happens before June, when Parliament is dissolved before the election.

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Senate Debates UNDRIP Bill

We're happy to share with you 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 - was recently debated by the Senate. We're hoping the third reading happens before June, when Parliament is dissolved before the election.

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Veto or Consent? Significant Differences

This paper by international human rights expert Paul Joffe offers some analysis on “veto” and “consent” and highlights important differences. It addresses these issues in the context of proposed third party developments in or near Indigenous peoples' lands and territories. The issue of “consent” or “free, prior and informed consent” (FPIC) often arises in the context of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007. Indigenous peoples’ “consent” is affirmed in, but does not originate with, the UN Declaration. Yet too often key legal sources and arguments in favour of consent are not fairly considered, if not fully ignored. A recent example is “Understanding FPIC”, a report by Ken Coates and Blaine Favel.

To read more, please see Veto and Consent.

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Commitment to UNDRIP Moves Indigenous Relations from Consultation to Consent

Ottawa’s and British Columbia's promise to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is already starting to change how business is done in B.C.

Read more in BC Business magazine.

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Bill C-262 rally calls for better recognition of Indigenous rights

Representatives and public supporters gathered at the Francis Morrison Library Theatre on Saturday afternoon to rally for Bill C-262 — a federal bill that would be seen as a huge success for the Indigenous peoples of Canada if passed.

“We’re living here in this country together, so we have to learn to walk together,” Valerie Wiebe, one of the event organizers, said. “Bill C-262 is an important step in that process … and acknowledging that Indigenous people have important rights, and we have to respect them.”

Read the full article in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

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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.

Read the whole article in Times Colonist

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