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Bill on implementing UNDRIP ‘simplistic and ‘laden with circular tensions’

By Dwight Newman, Ken Coates      

The United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Rights was not drafted as a piece of Canadian law and thus did not take into account the complexities of constitutional, legal, and political relations between Indigenous peoples and the Government of Canada, write Dwight Newman and Ken Coates.

The Trudeau government recently announced that it would back a private member's bill from NDP MP Romeo Saganash, pictured, calling on Ottawa to introduce and maintain a 20-year implementation plan for the sweeping United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Rights. The Hill Times file photograph
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With a surprise reversal by the Liberal government, NDP MP Romeo Saganash’s Bill C-262 could have wider-ranging effects than any private member’s bill ever introduced. Over several brief sections, Mr. Saganash’s bill seeks to move forward Canada’s implementation of the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Rights (UNDRIP) in a way that shifts a lot more power to courts. The government announced last week that it will support the bill after previously preaching caution on implementing UNDRIP. UNDRIP is

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