UNDRIP for colonial governments only

It is time now for all First Nations across Canada to get their governance acts together. Particularly in communities like Six Nations where a living, traditional government continues to haunt Canada’s attempt to grow band systems. Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde sees the Liberal government’s announcement of support of a private members bill to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as assuring Canada’s laws are in harmony with UNDRIP. He says it is a framework for reconciliation and renewing the nation-to-nation relationship between the crown and First Nations. But who are the nations the relationship is being built with? Will Canadian law become consistent with Indigenous law, or will Canada simply continue to put a feather on its own…

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