Coalition News

Open Letter to All Candidates in the Federal Election

Read the full letter on why the next session of parliament must prioritize protection and fulfillment of the human rights of Indigenous peoples.

Joint Statement on Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Read the full joint statement made by Coalition members at the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. An abbreviated version of the statement was delivered at the UN in Geneva by Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild.

Indigenous human rights advocates horrified that handful of Senators blocked Bill C-262

Read the full public statement released by the Coalition on the Senates failure to pass Bill C-262.

Stalling on Bills C-262 and C-337 undermines Canada’s democratic process, jeopardizes reconciliation and fails to protect human rights

Read the full letter to Parliamentarians on Bill C-262 and C-337 and how they are critical to reconciliation.

Hyperbole and misrepresentation must not prevent Senate passing Bill C-262

Read the full joint public statement and response to stalling tactics being deployed to stall the progression and passing of Bill C-262 within the Senate.

Legislative framework essential for UN declaration

Article By Paul Joffe and SHERYL LIGHTFOOT

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and MP Saganash’s corresponding bill are not ‘aspirational.’

Passage of UN Declaration implementation bill should be non-partisan no-brainer

Article by by Grand Chief Dr. Abel Bosum and Alex Neve

May 10, 2019 - In 2010, former prime minister Stephen Harper publicly reversed his government’s opposition to the UN Declaration on the Rights of... Read more »

Joint Open Letter to the Senate of Canada

Read a joint open letter from Indigenous peoples’ organizations participating in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues urging Canadian Senators to support Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act

Joint statement on Sustainable Development at the 2019 UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Read the joint statement on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development read by Haana Edenshaw, a 15 year old from the Haida Nation at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Joint Statement at the 2019 UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Read the joint statement read by Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild on behalf of the Coalition at the 18th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on the topic of “Indigenous peoples’ Traditional knowledge, generation, transmission and protection”

Stalling tactics continue on Bill C-262

Only a day after the Coalition released a joint statement condemning partisan efforts to prevent debate on Bill C-262, an act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, stalling tactics were again used to prevent the Bill from moving onto the committee stage within the Senate. We are encouraging people to engage with resources from Amnesty International Canada and Mennonite Central Committee to encourage senators and Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party and the Official Opposition to support the bill. Read more about what has been happening here:  

Standing committee waiting for UNDRIP bill as groups accuse Conservatives of stalling - APTN

'Reconciliation should not be partisan': Ministers call for end to Tory stalling on Indigenous rights bill - CBC

BC Federation of Labour Calls for the Immediate Passing of Bill C-262 - BC FED

Indigenous groups accuse Conservatives of 'shameful' stalling tactics on rights bill - CBC

Joint Statement on Conservative Senators Jeopardizing Crucial Human Rights Legislation

Indigenous peoples’ organizations and human rights groups condemn partisan efforts to prevent debate on bill to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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The Coalition urges all members of the Senate to support a timely vote on C-262

Read our Joint Open Letter to all Senators regarding Bill C-262 and how implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is crucial to Canada’s commitments to reconciliation

Check out our factsheet Myths and Misrepresentations: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples & Bill C-262 

Joint Statement on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

Read our most recent Joint Statement on federal, provincial and territorial interpretation and implementation of free, prior, and informed consent and its alignment with Canada’s human rights obligations


Key Elements of Bill C-262

Have a look at our graphic on Bill C-262

Learn more about Bill C-262 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples from our Myths and Misrepresentations Factsheet

Article on Self Determination and Territorial Integrity

Read Paul Joffe’s article on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Self-Determination and Territorial Integrity

Joint Open Letter on Bill C-262

Read our Joint Open Letter to all Senators regarding Bill C-262 and how implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is crucial to Canada’s commitments to reconciliation

Annotated Commentary

Read Paul Joffe’s Annotated Commentary on “Implementing UNDRIP in Canada: Challenges with Bill C-262” by Thomas Isaac and Arend J.A. Hoekstra1


The Coalition

Find out more about the Coalition on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples and our work in Canada.