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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Read the full article in the Inter-Continental Cry Magazine
"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."
read the letter: Open Letter to All Members of Parliament
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