At this moment in their history, Canadian Aboriginal Peoples are fighting for their rights in land claim struggles, negotiations over natural resources found on their traditional territories, educational needs of Aboriginal children as well as a whole range of issues for urban Aboriginals.
Submission to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs House of Commons – Study on Bill C-15: An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Legislation implementing aspects of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canadian law is seen as key to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada. A Private Member’s Bill advanced by Quebec Cree MP Romeo Saganash designed to implement UNDRIP was passed by the House of Commons in 2019, but died in the Senate before the election was called. The Liberals promised to table legislation to implement the UNDRIP in Canadian law before the end of 2020 – using the former Bill C-262 as a base. But nothing has been advanced yet. Several Canadian churches sent letters to Justice Minister David Lametti asking him to table legislation and get it passed before this minority government falls. OMI Lacombe Canada’s letter from August 31 is available here: