National Inuit leader wants Indigenous rights commission to accompany promised UNDRIP bill – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 8, 202061 Views

Jan 08, 2020

Indigenous leaders say they want a seat at the table of the federation

The federal government should create an Indigenous human rights commission as part of its proposed bill on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, says the leader of the national Inuit organization.

The Liberal government announced in December’s throne speech that it hoped to pass legislation on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) by the end of 2020.

The UN declaration sets minimum standards for how states interact with Indigenous Peoples.

The bill is one of several major promises on the reconciliation file made by the Trudeau government, along with holding a First Ministers meeting on Indigenous issues, implementing the Indigenous languages and child welfare laws and closing the infrastructure gap between Indigenous communities and the rest of Canada.

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