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.
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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.
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Fostering use of Inuit languages was a key aim in creating Nunavut, but 20 years later, NTI president Aluki Kotierk says there's been a 'failure' when it comes to providing essential services to the public in Inuktut.