Ottawa releases action plan to implement UNDRIP, despite calls for more consultation

By Stephanie Taylor THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- The federal government released its action plan on Wednesday to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Its release coincided with the country marking National Indigenous Peoples Day, and followed feedback it received on a draft of the plan in April. The government had presented its draft to chiefs gathered for a meeting of the Assembly of First Nations. They formally called on Ottawa to do more consultations, and a lawyer who had been working with the assembly on the issue said the document contained too much “noncommittal language.” Justice Minister David Lametti said at the time that he knew the draft was not perfect and there was a lot of room for improvement. The minister said Wednesday that…

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