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Liberals accused of rushing to pass UN indigenous rights declaration bill

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:21 pm
by IronNoggin
Bill C-262, a private member’s bill tabled by NDP MP Romeo Saganash in December 2015 that received government support last year, was passed without amendment by the Senate Aboriginal peoples committee on Tuesday. The bill requires the government to “take all measures necessary” to align Canadian laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), a document that affirms the rights of Indigenous peoples to self-determination and to be free of discrimination. UNDRIP also demands “free, prior and informed consent” for activity on Indigenous land, which Conservatives worry could be interpreted as a veto over natural resource development.