AIAI share their views on Bill C-15, an Act to Implement UNDRIP and ask to be heard

March 29, 2021 OTTAWA — Green Party Leader Annamie Paul met with Grand Chief Joel Abram, Deputy Grand Chief Stacia Loft from the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI), and Sara Mainville, legal counsel, to offer a platform for the expression of their views on Bill C-15, Canada’s proposed legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights on Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Grand Chief Joel Abram states: “Bill C-15 does not speak for all of us and is more reminiscent of the White Paper in the 1960’s. This seeks to eventually lead to the assimilation of our people. Some may think this is the answer but it seeks to chip away at our recognition, our sovereignty and to classify us not as Indigenous peoples, but as Canadian citizens.”…

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