UNDRIP IS CANADA’S REALITY…BUT WHAT IS CANADA NOW

Canada has withdrawn any objection to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett told the United Nation General Assembly Monday that Canada does not object to paragraphs calling on states to obtain the consent of Indigenous peoples when enacting laws and undertaking development that will affect them. Objections launched by the former Conservative government saying the paragraphs that are about Free, Prior and Informed Consent, could be interpreted to give aboriginal people veto rights over riding existing constitutional arrangements raising concern that was not without foundation. And last year Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould warned UNDRIP could not simply inserted “word for word” into Canadian law. While many see it as the Minister fudging what she warned may very well…

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