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Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples must be a priority for Canada’s next government

Read the Coalition’s Open Letter to All Candidates in the Federal Election on why the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples must be a priority for Canada’s next government.

Achieving UN Declaration Implementation Legislation in Canada

Recording of the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ side event at the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) on July 13, 2021

Joint Statement at the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)

Read the joint statement from the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), July 12, 2021.

Passage of national UN Declaration Implementation Act a milestone for Indigenous rights and reconciliation


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Senator Christmas (left) and Senator Francis (right) voting in favour of Bill C-15, June 16, 2021

“Our Nations and organizations are celebrating the fact that long awaited and hard-fought national legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) has successfully passed the final vote in the Senate.” Read the full public statement here

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

Read the public statement from the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples about Canada being one step away from passing legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Write to Senators to Show Your Support for Bill C-15

Use the tools below to send letters/emails to Senators to tell them that you support Bill C-15, An Act Respecting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) Letter Template

Centre for Public Dialogue One-Click Email Tool

Faith in the Declaration Email Template

Trauma, Genocide and How Bill C-15 Will Help Indigenous Peoples with Healing and the Reclamation of Identity – Wanda Gabriel

Professor Wanda Gabriel of McGill University discusses trauma and genocide and how Bill C-15 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will help Indigenous peoples with healing and the reclamation of their identity.

The Importance of the UN Declaration and Bill C-15 – Laurie Buffalo

What does the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples mean for Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples? Laurie Buffalo, Councilwoman of the Samson Cree Nation, discusses the UN Declaration and Bill C-15 and why it is important to the realization of Indigenous rights in Canada. “Its about ensuring that Indigenous peoples are brought back to their rightful place, and that is recognition”

Testimony to Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Bill C-15

A critical moment for upholding the human rights of Indigenous peoples

“Implementation of the UN Declaration in Canada has been a long time coming. I want to acknowledge all the hard work that has gone into getting us this far. And I want to encourage all Members of Parliament and all Senators to make every effort to ensure that Bill C-15 is passed into law before this session of Parliament ends.” – Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations Terry Teegee

Read the Coalition’s May 10th, 2021 New Release in English and French

Warrior Life Podcast: Ellen Gabriel on the UN Declaration and Bill C-15

Listen to Pam Palmater’s recent podcast with Kanienʼkehá꞉ka grassoots warrior and Onkwehón:we rights activist Ellen Gabriel about the importance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and her views on the federal government’s Bill C-15

Submission to The Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Read the Coalition’s full submission to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs studying Bill C-15: An Act Respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

200+ signatures on open letter from Nations, organizations, experts and activists supporting Bill C-15

Parliament has an historic opportunity to advance reconciliation. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a consensus global human rights instrument, elaborating minimum standards for the “survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous peoples.” Implementation of these standards is vital to improving the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world, and to upholding Canada’s solemn and urgent human rights commitments. Members of the House of Commons and Senate must ensure that Bill C-15, An Act Respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, passes into law before this session of Parliament concludes.

This is what we fought for: An open letter in support of implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Leading First Nations architects and champions of the UN Declaration speak out for implementation legislation. In an open letter, First Nations leaders, legal experts and grassroots activists who are deeply familiarly with the UN Declaration called for passage of Bill C-15. These leading voices include Romeo Saganash, Chief Willie Littlechild, Ellen Gabriel and more.

Chief Willie Littlechild: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and Bill C-15

Listen to the podcast with Chief Willie Littlechild about why he supports Bill C-15, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.

Self-determination & Free, Prior and Informed Consent

See the full backgrounder on self-determination & free, prior and informed consent, understanding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Understanding Bill C-15

Read the full resource from the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government on Bill C-15, legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


The UN Declaration in the News:


Romeo Saganash wants to set the record straight on Bill C-15Canada’s National Observer, June 4, 2021

Romeo Saganash wants to set the record straight on Bill C-15

Canada’s National Observer, June 4, 2021

Standing committee waiting for UNDRIP bill as groups accuse Conservatives of stalling – APTN, April 11, 2019

‘Reconciliation should not be partisan’: Ministers call for end to Tory stalling on Indigenous rights bill – CBC, April 11, 2019




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