Thirty years ago, I was invited to go to the UN, by the Cree Ambassador, to begin negotiating for the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Through my experience, many of the principles from Paix des Braves were brought into the UNDRIP process and were made part of the document.
It is with great pleasure that I am introducing my Bill C-641: An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This is a unique opportunity for Canada to move towards a true nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples that reflects the letter, spirit and intent of our treaties. I hope that Indigenous people, organizations, governments and communities, and indeed all Canadians, will support this bill. It is time to send a clear message to the Government of Canada that all federal laws must respect the purposes and principles established in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
I truly believe that this bill is important for future generations on this land, which is why I am asking for your support.