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Canada: Senators, let's get to work on reconciliation

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We are on the brink of a breakthrough to improve Canada’s treatment of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. But we need urgent action to ensure that this historic opportunity isn’t lost. 

Please urge all Senators to move ahead with the crucial work of reconciliation.


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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada called the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “the framework for reconciliation.” Last year, the House of Commons passed Bill C-262, a private members bill requiring the federal government to move ahead with the work of implementing the Declaration.

Good news: On May 16, the Senate voted to move the Bill to Committee for study. This is the next step on the path to a final vote. Public support for the Declaration and Bill C-262 is clearly having an effect. Thank you to everyone who has already sent emails or made phone calls. Let’s keep the momentum going!

We believe a clear majority of Senators support the UN Declaration and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. However, with only a few weeks left in this sitting of the Senate, it’s crucial that the Bill can proceed to a vote as soon as possible.

Critically, if Bill C-262 isn’t passed by the Senate before this session of Parliament concludes, the opportunity will be lost.

Quite simply, we need all Senators to be there for reconciliation.

Call on Canadian Senators to vote on Bill C-262

Background

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Bill C-262 is about moving ahead with implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in a principled and coordinated way. 

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The law would create a requirement for the federal government to work with Indigenous peoples to develop a national strategy for implementation. This would include review and reform of existing laws. Critically, the Bill would require regular reporting to Parliament on the progress that has been made.

Additional Information

A letter endorsed by Indigenous peoples' organizations and human rights groups. CLICK HERE

The Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples is made up of Indigenous Nations, Indigenous peoples’ organizations, human rights groups and individual experts. This document addresses some of the myths and misrepresentations that have clouded the debate around the Declaration and Bill C-262.   CLICK HERE
 
 
 
 

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