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Legislative framework essential for UN declaration

By Paul Joffe, Sheryl Lightfoot      

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and MP Saganash's corresponding bill are not 'aspirational.'

NDP MP Romeo Saganash’s private member’s bill to implement the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Rights (UNDRIP) is a necessary step towards meaningful reconciliation, Sheryl Lightfoot and Paul Joffe write. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a crucial framework to achieve reconciliation. In December, NDP MP Romeo Saganash opened the second reading debate on his private member’s bill, C-262, with support from the Trudeau government. In The Hill Times, Dwight Newman and Ken Coates assert that Bill C-262 on the UN declaration “could have wider-ranging effects than any private member’s bill ever introduced.”

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