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Canada on verge of adopting long-overdue legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Public statement

June 9, 2021

With only one step remaining in the Parliamentary process, our Nations and organizations are

encouraging all Senators to ensure that long overdue federal legislation to implement the

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is now adopted into law.

Bill C-15 will establish an ongoing legal requirement for the federal government to work

collaboratively with Indigenous peoples to implement the UN Declaration.

This includes ensuring that Canada’s laws are consistent with the minimum standards affirmed

in the 2007 Declaration. Bill C-15 also requires cooperative development of a National Action

Plan to implement the Declaration through law, policy and programs and for the government to

report publicly on the progress made.

These measures are essential to meeting Canada’s international human rights obligations and

to fulfilling the federal government’s many public commitments to fully implement the UN


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