Call to Action # 43: Actions and Commitments

Indigenous Response to the Failure of Bill C-262


September 9, 2019


AFN – Honouring Promises: 2019 Federal Election Priorities for First Nations and Canada

The AFN identified legislation to implement the UN Declaration “that is at least as strong as Bill C-262” as a key commitment in its document Honouring Promises: 2019 Federal Election Priorities for First Nations and Canada released just before the writ was issued for the 2019 election.

The AFN will work with the current Minority Government to ensure they follow through on the commitment to create federal legislation to implement the UN Declaration. The AFN is urging each party leader to support the tabling of federal legislation implementing the UN Declaration as the first order of business in the First Session of Parliament.


September 9, 2019


Assembly of First Nations

The AFN identified legislation to implement the UN Declaration “that is at least as strong as Bill C-262” as a key commitment in its document Honouring Promises: 2019 Federal Election Priorities for First Nations and Canada released just before the writ was issued for the 2019 election. The AFN will work with the current Minority Government to ensure they follow through on the commitment to create federal legislation to implement the UN Declaration. The AFN is urging each party leader to support the tabling of federal legislation implementing the UN Declaration as the first order of business in the First Session of Parliament. 


June 25, 2019


Assembly of First Nations – Québec Labrador

The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) deplores that Bill C-262 died on the order paper…. Because of the despicable political partisanship that took precedence over the collective interest, the bill could not be passed by the Senate and then receive royal assent, despite a very reasonable delay of more than a year spent in this institution. “History is repeating itself; our rights are once again being put aside. Some would say we will have to wait on the election to carry on with the fight that stops with the defeat of C-92. Be that as it may, no matter what the outcome of the election may be, we have invested too much already for any government to take us back to square one,” says AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard.


June 23, 2019


First Nations Leadership Council

BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs)

The failure to pass C-262 is a clear step backwards for reconciliation across this country. Despite the death of Bill C-262, the UN Declaration has status of customary international law and is fully applicable to Canada without requiring statutory implementation—although the proposal for a national plan in Bill C-262 would have been important for concrete and meaningful progress. The UN Declaration remains a valuable human rights instrument which is guiding better understandings of Indigenous peoples’ human rights and assisting to improve relationships and respect through various other legislative enactments.

The BC Cabinet approved the Commitment Document in 2018 and in follow-up the FNLC is working actively with the Government of BC to co-develop provincial legislation supporting the implementation of the UN Declaration in BC following BC commitments in the 2019 Throne Speech which stated; “This year, government has begun working with First Nations to make sure they are full participants in decision-making that affect their rights and lands. B.C. will be the first province in Canada to introduce legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, legislation co-developed with the First Nations Leadership Council and other Indigenous organizations. This legislation will form the foundation for the Province’s work on reconciliation, mandating government to bring provincial laws and policies into harmony with the Declaration.”

The FNLC will continue to work vigorously with governments at all levels, national, provincial and municipal, to fully implement the UN Declaration. In the lead up to and following the October federal election, the FNLC will be advocating for all parties to endorse a renewed UN Declaration implementation in support of this critical human rights instrument. Support for the UN Declaration must be recognized as a non-partisan issue that is critical to achieving true lasting reconciliation across Canada.


June 25, 2019


Inuit Tapariit Kanatami

ITK regrets that “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 (UNDRIP)”, died on the order paper. Bill C-262, a private member’s bill, was introduced by NDP MP Romeo Saganash and would ensure that federal laws are brought in line with the UNDRIP. We call on all parties to commit to prioritizing the re-introduction and passage of Bills regarding domestic UNDRIP implementation and incorporating Inuit, First Nations, and Metis into the citizenship oath during the next session of Parliament. We call on all parties to commit to prioritizing the re-introduction and passage of a Bill regarding domestic UNDRIP implementation.


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