CAP pleased with Liberal Government’s endorsement of private member’s bill calling for full implementation of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
November 22, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – National Chief Robert Bertrand of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is pleased the Liberal Government has taken the decision to support a private member’s bill that ensures Canada fully implements the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, sponsored by NDP MP Romeo Saganash, calls for all Canadian laws to be consistent with UNDRIP.
“Implementing the UN Declaration is a key step towards safeguarding the rights of First Nations (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit Peoples, and promoting true reconciliation in Canada”, says National Chief Bertrand. “I would like to commend and congratulate MP Saganash for his dedication in the perseverance of having this crucial bill be endorsed by the federal government.”
“The perspective of CAP’s off-reserve constituency is crucial to successfully implementing UNDRIP here in Canada. As National Chief, I look forward to the opportunity for CAP to provide our input into Bill C-262” concludes Chief Bertrand.
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The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is the national voice representing the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous People living off-reserve.