Call to Action # 43: Actions and Commitments

Govt. Commitment to UNDRIP


June 21, 2021


Fed. Govt.

Bill C-15 The United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous people receives Royal Assent

Bill C-15 “The United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous people” receives Royal Assent and becomes law. Developed with Indigenous Peoples, this Act creates a legislative framework to implement the Declaration in Canada. It requires the Government of Canada, in consultation and collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, to develop an action plan to achieve the Declaration’s objectives and take all measures necessary to align federal laws with the Declaration.

The action plan, which must be developed in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples in two years, will include measures to:

  • address injustices, combat prejudice and eliminate all forms of violence, racism and discrimination against Indigenous Peoples
  • promote mutual respect and understanding, as well as good relations, including through human rights education
  • ensure Canada is held accountable on progress through regular reporting and oversight

This legislation will complement and inform other initiatives underway across Canada with Indigenous partners to close socio-economic gaps, advance reconciliation and renew relationships based on the affirmation of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.

The next step is for the Government of Canada to continue its collaboration with Indigenous partners, on a distinctions-based approach, to understand their priorities for the action plan and to identify measures to align federal laws with the Declaration over time. 


April 21, 2016


Fed. Govt.

Bill C-262 tabled in House of Commons

Romeo Saganash, NDP MP tabled Bill C-262 to ensure that the laws of Canada respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


May 10, 2016


Fed. Govt.

Canada formally endorses UNDRIP at UN

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, today announced that Canada is now a full supporter, without qualification, of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Today’s announcement also reaffirms Canada’s commitment to adopt and implement the Declaration in accordance with the Canadian Constitution.

This announcement confirms Canada’s commitment to a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples – a relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. Canada will engage with Indigenous groups on how to implement the principles of the Declaration. This engagement will include provinces and territories whose cooperation and support is essential to this work and to advancing the vital work of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.


April 24, 2017


Fed. Govt.

Canada fully committed to Free, Prior and Informed Consent of UNDRIP

Canada formally abandons its 2014 statements on paragraphs 3 and 20 of the 2014 Outcome Document from the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and put Canada formally on record as fully committed to the standard of free, prior and informed consent expressed in the UN Declaration.


December 3, 2020


Fed. Govt.

Canada introduces Bill C-15 “the UNDRIP Act” for First Reading

The Government of Canada introduced Bill C-15 “An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” for First Reading in the House of Commons. This legislation responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action 43…It also responds to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice.

 Bill C-15 is about protecting and promoting the rights of Indigenous peoples including rights to equality and non-discrimination, self-government and the inherent right to self-determination. It also highlights the importance of respecting and promoting the rights in treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between the Crown and Indigenous people.


October 25, 2019


NT

Commitment to implement UNDRIP

The government of the Northwest Territories has committed to implementing UNDRIP within the constitutional framework of Canada as a legislative priority according to the following timeline:

1.a. Terms of Reference developed (Summer 2020);

  • Working group with Indigenous governments established (Summer 2020);
  • Implementation plan completed (Summer 2022); and
  • Reporting on program changes provided (Ongoing)

1.b. Federal process informs NWT action plan and implementation, including program changes.


March 1, 2016


MB

Commitment to principles set out in UNDRIP

Committed to reconciliation and guided by the TRC Calls to Action and the principals set out in UNDRIP


June 21, 2019


Fed. Govt.

Conservative senators kill Bill C-262

Conservative senators effectively killed Bill C-262 – on National Indigenous People’s Day – be ensuring the Bill dies on the Order paper when parliament dissolves for the summer. The Liberals have committed to reintroducing the Bill in the fall if they win the election.


March 30, 2022


BC

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act Action Plan 2022 – 2027

British Columbia introduced an Indigenous reconciliation plan Wednesday that sets goals toward implementing its law on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples…Premier John Horgan said the five-year plan represents a mutual commitment to work together to achieve its 89 goals.

n 2019, B.C. was the first jurisdiction in North America to adopt the declaration, which requires governments to obtain free, prior and informed consent before taking actions that affect Indigenous Peoples and their lands. It required the government to align its laws with the declaration and a draft implementation plan was released last summer. The act also stipulates that alignment must happen “in consultation and co-operation” with Indigenous Peoples. “The action plan will serve as the vehicle to drive transformational change across government,” said Murray Rankin, B.C.’s Indigenous relations and reconciliation minister.

The plan follows four central themes:

  • self-determination and the right of self-government; (11 actions)
  • title and rights of Indigenous Peoples; (14 actions)
  • ending Indigenous-specific racism; and (15 actions)
  • social, cultural and economic well-being. (49 actions)

The goals include:

  • Indigenous Peoples exercise and have full enjoyment of their rights to self-determination and self-government, including developing, maintaining and implementing their own institutions, laws, governing bodies, and political, economic and social structures related to Indigenous communities.
  • Indigenous Peoples exercise and have full enjoyment of their inherent rights, including the rights of First Nations to own, use, develop and control lands and resources within their territories in B.C.
  • Indigenous Peoples fully express and exercise their distinct rights, and enjoy living in B.C. without interpersonal, systemic and institutional interference, oppression or other inequities associated with Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination, wherever they reside.
  • Indigenous Peoples in B.C. fully enjoy and exercise their distinct rights to maintain, control, develop, protect and transmit their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, languages, food systems, sciences and technol- ogies. They are supported by initiatives that promote connection, development, access and improvement, as well as full participation in all aspects of B.C.’s economy. This includes particular focus on ensuring the rights of Indigenous women, youth, Elders, children, persons with disabilities and 2SlgBTQQIA+ people are upheld.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/government/ministries-organizations/ministries/indigenous-relations-reconciliation/declaration_act_action_plan.pdf


December 12, 2017


Fed. Govt.

Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Human Rights

Leaders of the AFN, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis National Council attended a meeting of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Human Rights. This was the first meeting of Ministers responsible for human rights since 1988. One focus area was the need for all jurisdictions to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and that all governments have a role in this work. Going forward, there is a need for full inclusion of Indigenous peoples and leadership in these meetings. 


June 30, 2020


BC

First Annual Report for Implementing UNDRIP

The Province has released the first annual report on progress for implementing UNDRIP. Release of the 2019/2020 UNDRIP Report Card outlines progress made towards implementation for the time period from the date on which the Declaration Act was brought into force (November 28, 2019) until end of fiscal year 2019/20 (March 31, 2020). Progress to date includes the following:

  • Revitalizing Indigenous Languages
  • Improving Justice for Indigenous People
  • Improving the Approach to Child Welfare
  • Sharing Long-Term Stable Revenues
  • Working Together to Address Housing Needs
  • Improving Emergency Preparedness
  • Improving Educational Outcome for Indigenous Students
  • Supporting Skills Training Opportunities for Indigenous Learners
  • Recognizing Unique and Distinct Paths to Self-Determination
  • Changing How the Public Service Works with Indigenous Peoples: A Government-to-Government Approach

The process and introduction of the legislation represents a fundamental cultural and legal shift within the government, public service and the province. It leaves a lasting impact, creating precedents for legal progress and new ways of working in cooperation and consultation with Indigenous peoples as a means to advance reconciliation. The Action Plan will be released before the end of 2020.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/indigenous-people/aboriginal-peoples-documents/dripa_annual_report_2020.pdf


April 23, 2011


BC

Funding for BC UNDRIP implementation missing from Provincial Budget

BC Assembly of First Nations: “Glaring omissions in the new provincial budget, including how monies will be spent on the BC Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act implementation, are cause for concern for First Nations in BC,” stated Regional Chief Terry Teegee. How much funding will be spent on the costly and critical work of alignment of laws with the UN Declaration, as directed in the Declaration Act, of which there remains no concrete process that we are aware of? Is BC making any investment in a provincial action plan to implement the Calls for Justice? Robert Phillips, FNS Political Executive


August 24, 2017


MB

Government enters agreement with Interlake Reserves Tribal Council

The Manitoba government has formally entered into an agreement with the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) that will allow them to consult, engage and discuss innovative ideas for the proposed Lake Manitoba Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels project. The consultation process will allow for information sharing and understanding of the proposed project, and will gather perspectives of the IRTC First Nations communities with the objective of fulfilling their constitutional duty to consult


November 21, 2017


Fed. Govt.

Government supports Bill C-262

CBC – Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould announced government support for 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 People.


May 31, 2017


AB

Indigenous Wisdom Advisory Panel

The Indigenous Wisdom Advisory Panel will advise Alberta’s Chief Scientist about how to incorporate Indigenous perspectives and traditional ecological knowledge into environmental monitoring. Based on a commitment to UNDRIP (CBC)


October 24, 2019


BC

Introduction of Bill 41 ”The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act”

Premier John Horgan’s government introduced Bill 41 – ”The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act” to have the laws of BC reflect the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The declaration’s 46 articles are aimed at making sure Indigenous peoples can survive with dignity and are treated fairly and with equity after colonization. (Toronto Star)

Over time as laws are modified or built, they will be aligned with the UN Declaration. Additional elements of the bill include:

  • a requirement to develop an action plan to meet the objectives of the UN Declaration, in collaboration with Indigenous peoples;
  • annual public reporting to monitor progress;
  • discretion for new decision-making agreements between the Province and Indigenous governments where decisions directly affect Indigenous peoples and mechanisms exist in applicable legislation – with clear processes, administrative fairness and transparency; and
  • recognition for additional forms of Indigenous governments in agreement-making, such as multiple Nations working together as a collective, or hereditary governments – as determined and recognized by the citizens of the Nation.

Businesses and investors will benefit as it creates certainty and predictability for projects in this province, British Columbians will benefit from job creation, and First Nations will benefit by having a seat at the table. We are finally moving forward together.” AFN BC Regional Chief Terry Teegee.

The BC Government’s Fact Sheet on UNDRIP unequivocally states: It is anticipated that Indigenous nations participating in an environmental assessment process will choose to make a decision on whether the project should receive a certificate either through an expression of consent or withholding of consent. Ministers must take these decisions into consideration, but retain final decision-making. They must provide reasons if their decision does not align with the decision of participating Indigenous nations. This affirms the government proposition that : This is our land and not yours”


March 15, 2019


BC

Long-term reconciliation agreement with 7 Secwepemc communities and the Province

Seven Secwepemc communities and the Province (Ministers of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; Environment and Climate Change Strategy; Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development; and Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources) have committed to collaborating on a long-term reconciliation agreement focused on implementing inherent rights, improving community well-being and advancing government-to-government relationships. They will align their work with the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The agreement sets the foundation for a government-to-government (G2G) relationship that can grow and evolve over time and support self-determination and economic prosperity – now and for future generations.


December 1, 2020


QC

Montreal Economic Institute poll signals resistance to UNDRIP

The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), a right wing think-tank aligned with the economic interest of Quebec’s business elite released the results of an Ipsos poll MEI commissioned indicating that 55% of Quebecers are opposed to UNDRIP and should not have any rights beyond what is available to all Quebecers in the province.


June 11, 2020


ON

NDP Indigenous Affairs critic continues to fight for Bill 76 “The UNDRIP Act, 2019”

DrydenNow – Sol Mamakwa, Kiiwetinoong MPP and Indigenous Affairs critic for the NDP is continuing “his year-long fight for the rights of Indigenous people across Ontario.” Bill 76 The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. 2019”. When asked if he would pass and implement UNDRIP legislation Premier Ford sidestepped the question and stated “there is never one step to do reconciliation.”


July 25, 2017


BC

NDP re-affirms commitment to adopt UNDRIP

New NDP premier re-affirmed his party’s commitment to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the calls to action of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and has each of his 22 ministers to review policies, programs and legislation to determine how to bring the principles of the declaration into action in British Columbia


August 14, 2020


QC

Premier fears UNDRIP veto on economic projects

Premier Francois Legault reluctant to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) because he fears that it will force the government to give Indigenous groups a veto on all economic projects. Legault has often expressed reservations on this point, citing a risk to the integrity of the province and the right Quebec’s self-determination.


September 21, 2018


QC

Premier François Legault stated Coalition Avenir Quebec support for UNDRIP

François Legault, Leader of Coalition Avenir Quebec in a letter to Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador stated that a CAQ government would implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with the full collaboration of Indigenous peoples.

https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/4953088/De-Franc-Ois-Legault-a-GP-En.pdf


July 7, 2015


AB

Premier’s open letter to each Ministry to conduct UNDRIP review

 In an open letter to provincial cabinet members, Premier Notley asked each Minister to conduct a review of their policies, programs, and legislation that might require changes based on the principles of the UN Declaration.


October 3, 2019


QC

Quebec Solidaire motion supports implementation of UNDRIP

Quebec Solidaire submitted a motion unanimously supported by the National Assembly on October 3, which states that the government must “commit to negotiating the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with First Nations and Inuit”.


September 4, 2019


BC

Recognition and Reconciliation of Rights Policy for Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia

Recognition and Reconciliation of Rights Policy for Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia” a policy signed by First Nations Summit, the BC Government and the Government of Canada to facilitate the negotiation of Modern Treaties. Participating First Nations are those who want to negotiate “ a modern treaty” versus those First Nations (Union of BC Indian Chiefs) who object to the treaty process and instead negotiate from a position of “Inherent Rights”.


May 20, 2020


MB

Refusal to consult with First Nations over Keeyask Hydro project

Amnesty International – Despite legal obligations, Manitoba Hydro has not worked collaboratively to obtain consent to this most recent decision to expand operations (Keeyask Hydro project) and is ignoring requests by the four partner First Nations (Fox Lake, War, York Factory) to limit work at the dam site because of public health concerns. “Every effort must be made to contain the spread of COVID-19,” said Ana Collins, Indigenous Rights Campaign Advisor with Amnesty International Canada.

“Indigenous communities in northern Manitoba are rightfully occupying and defending lands to which they still hold inherent title. Yet federal and provincial governments continue to rely upon repudiated papal doctrines of discovery and terra nullius to claim (as in the Haida decision) “presumed Crown sovereignty.” Northern

Manitoba First Nations had the highest rates of hospitalizations of all First Nations in Canada during the last H1N1 pandemic. MacLean’s July 16, 2009


September 20, 2019


QC

Release of Viens Commission Final report

Viens Commission Final Report “Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Quebec: listening, reconciliation and progress” included recognition and implementation of UNDRIP among its first 3 recommendations of 142 after an official apology to members of First Nations and Inuit “for the harm caused by laws, policies, standards and the practices of public service providers.


January 24, 2016


YT

Report to the Premier on the TRC Report

Yukon Government’s Deputy Ministers’ Report to the Premier on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Report reaffirms May 2014 Endorsement of  Canada’s 2010 Statement of Support for the declaration. As declaration is not fully consistent with already implemented Final and Self- government Agreements, no initiatives are planned or underway.


March 7, 2020


ON

Sal Mamakwa, Indigenous Affairs critic for the NDP, says reconciliation is dead

DrydenNow – Sol Mamakwa, Kiiwetinoong MPP and Indigenous Affairs critic for the NDP says reconciliation between Ontario’s Indigenous community and the provincial Government is dead. His comments follow the arrests of Indigenous protestors at Tyendinaga and Wet’suwet’en vs Coastal GasLink protest across the country.


March 25, 2019


ON

Second reading of Bill 76

Second reading of Bill 76 passed by a vote of 91-0 last week. It will now go to committee.


December 5, 2019


Fed. Govt.

Speech from the Throne commits to take action to implement UNDRIP

The Speech from the Throne committed to take action to co-develop and introduce legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the first year of the new mandate;


August 24, 2020


Fed. Govt.

SSHRC funding to Rebuilding First Nations Governance project

Social Science and Humanities Research Council is funding $2.5 million over six years to support the Rebuilding First Nations Governance project, an investigation into transforming Indian Act governance. Carleton University researcher Frances Abele in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) and project co-founders Satsan (Herb George) of the Centre for First Nations Governance and Catherine MacQuarrie, a fellow with SPPA, tackles perhaps the most intractable issue in Indigenous-Canada relations: how can First Nations work free of Indian Act governance to become fully self-governing within Canada?

RFNG is an alliance of First Nation communities and tribal councils, and academic researchers and practitioners, committed to working from the community level up to end Indian Act governance and build alternatives that realize the inherent right to self-government as affirmed in the Constitution Act.


August 22, 2017


Fed. Govt.

Supreme Court of Canada defines what adequate consultation and accommodation now requires

The Conversation- The Supreme Court of Canada released two major decisions on the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous peoples. The principles set out in the two cases:

  • Clyde River (Hamlet) v. Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. and
  • Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v. Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

will help define what adequate consultation and accommodation now requires, and the responsibilities of various government decision-makers in fulfilling and evaluating whether the duty to consult has been met. The federal government commissioned two expert panels to recommend changes to the NEB and EA processes. Those expert panels have recommended overhauling these processes and replacing them with a regulatory process that fully takes into account Indigenous rights and incorporates the principle of free, prior and informed consent.

https://theconversation.com/lessons-from-supreme-court-decisions-on-indigenous-consultation-82562


June 6, 2022


BC

Tahltan Central Government and BC sign first consent-based decision-making agreement under the Declaration Act

NationTalk: VICTORIA – Tahltan Central Government and the Province have entered into the first consent-based decision-making agreement under the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Declaration Act).

This agreement honours Tahltan’s jurisdiction in land-management decisions in Tahltan Territory, in recognition of Tahltan’s title and rights within its territory. The agreement advances reconciliation as well as provides clarity and predictability for the Eskay Creek Revitalization Project.

“Today marks an exciting step forward in the evolution of the relationship between the Tahltan Nation and the Province of British Columbia,” said Chad Norman Day, President, Tahltan Central Government. “Reconciliation is not achieved with just one step. It requires ongoing innovation, collaboration and leaning into discomfort. For the Tahltan people, strengthening and preserving our culture, values and independence is why we keep pushing forward on this journey. The Tahltan Central Government has been clear on behalf of all Tahltan people that there will be no world-class mining jurisdiction in Tahltan Territory without robust Tahltan stewardship, which must include world-class wildlife and fisheries management, strong environmental mitigation measures and recognition of our 1910 Declaration. The Tahltan Nation and the Province have a long journey ahead walking and living on the path to reconciliation, and we look forward to building on our relationship together. I thank all of those who have worked on this historic agreement, which better recognizes Tahltan jurisdiction over our homelands. It has been generations in the making. Mēduh.”

Premier John Horgan said: “This historic step shifts B.C.’s legal decision-making framework to respect First Nations jurisdiction, recognize the inherent rights of the Tahltan and provide a clear, stable and sustainable path for everyone to work together. This is reconciliation in action, in the real world. The Tahltan Nation is a strong partner. By working together, we are delivering on the promise of reconciliation, supporting predictability for business and encouraging responsible investment in B.C.”

This agreement outlines consent-based decision-making related to the environmental assessment of the Eskay Creek Revitalization Project. The governments are working together to change B.C.’s traditional approach to environmental assessments and permit authorizations by placing Tahltan values and rights at the forefront.

Together, the shared intent is to create a model for sustainable mining and world-class environmental practices and standards. The agreement helps advance reconciliation with the Tahltan Nation, while providing certainty for the Eskay Creek Revitalization Project.

“As an already developed mine site with existing road access, waste management facilities, nearby access to green power and robust economics, Indigenous consent is an essential step in an efficient approval process for Eskay Creek,” said Justin Himmelright, Senior Vice-President of external affairs and sustainability, Skeena Resources. “We look forward to working with our Tahltan partners and the governments of British Columbia and Canada to bring this iconic project back into production.”

The consent-based decision-making process outlined in the agreement demonstrates that reconciliation and economic development can go hand in hand by supporting strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards as guided by the Tahltan people. This agreement positions B.C. as a preferred destination for ESG investors and is a tangible demonstration of successful collaboration with First Nations on decisions that affect them and their territories. It reflects the ability to co-create regulatory certainty for major projects.

Section 7 of the Declaration Act provides a mechanism for the Province to recognize in law Indigenous jurisdiction and decisions within the provincial statutory decision-making framework. Section 7 of the Environmental Assessment Act provides the enabling legislation required under the Declaration Act for the decision-making agreement between Tahltan and the Province.

Quotes:

Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation –

“This agreement is the first consent-based agreement for decision-making ever to be negotiated under the Declaration Act. It is a tangible example of the Province’s commitment to changing our relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Together, the Tahltan Central Government and the Province are leading the way toward a new model for advancing free, prior and informed consent.”

George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy –

“Through this consent agreement, we are weaving together the processes of two governments with both Tahltan knowledge and western science informing our shared environmental assessment decision-making and supporting collaborative and ecologically sound economic development. We are breaking new ground in how the provincial government, First Nations and companies can work together – recognizing jurisdiction for decisions in a Nation’s territory. We are creating regulatory clarity and greater certainty for investors while protecting our natural environment for the generations to come.”

Josie Osborne, Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship –

“This agreement is a remarkable milestone for the Province and the Tahltan Central Government and a powerful example of what can be achieved when we work together. We will build on this progress as we develop a path forward with First Nations toward collective stewardship, fair and timely decisions, and a resource-management system that supports reconciliation, environmental sustainability and lasting economic benefits for British Columbians.”

Quick Facts:

  • Tahltan Territory is 95,933 square kilometres, or the equivalent of 11% of the province of British Columbia, and is in northern B.C.
  • The Tahltan Central Government and the provincial government announced the start of negotiations, including fulsome partner and stakeholder engagement, in June 2021.
  • On Nov. 28, 2019, the Declaration Act was passed into law, and B.C. become the first jurisdiction in Canada to implement the UN Declaration.
  • The Province’s StrongerBC Economic Plan is based on extensive engagement with Indigenous Peoples to address their full participation and leadership in all aspects of B.C.’s economy.

https://nationtalk.ca/story/tahltan-central-government-b-c-make-history-under-declaration-act


December 2, 2020


NT

The Intergovernmental Council adopts a Legislative Development Protocol

The Intergovernmental Council (IGC), comprised of leaders from nine Indigenous Governments and the Government of the Northwest Territories, unanimously agreed to adopt a Legislative Development Protocol that will guide future collaborative work on NWT land and resource legislation. A shared commitment to work together has been a hallmark of the NWT approach to the devolution of land and resource management from the federal government in 2014. The IGC was created at that time to formalize how NWT governments would work together to manage NWT lands and resources and includes a commitment for all devolution partners to work collaboratively on legislation of shared priority. The Protocol

  • Is consistent with the IGA commitment to collaborate on changes to land and resource management systems, as well as providing a consistent approach for parties to follow.
  • Is the first agreement of its kind in Canada, and provides opportunities for the collaborative development of land and resource statutes and regulations for the GNWT and Indigenous governments.
  • Supports the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by respecting, consulting and collaborating with Indigenous Governments on land and resource management.

A key feature of the Northwest Territories Intergovernmental Agreement on Lands and Resources Management (IGA) is recognition and respect of Aboriginal and Treaty rights


June 19, 2020


PE

TRC: A Status Report for the Government of Prince Edward Island”

Release “Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: 94 Calls to Action: A Status Report for the Government of Prince Edward Island. June 2020” with updates on provinces actions and commitments to each of the Calls to Action.

https://docs.assembly.pe.ca/download/dms?objectId=4704c365-af0e-421b-a069-4db0b8dd021c&fileName=Premier.King.06192020.Truth and reconciliation calls to action-status report.pdf


April 24, 2017


Fed. Govt.

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

April 24 – May 5, 2017: Canada invited by UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to share their experience reviewing relevant federal laws, policies, and operational practices to ensure alignment with international human rights standards, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


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