3.10.98 - “A re-elected Liberal government will […] [be f]ully implementing An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and codeveloping the Action Plan to achieve the objectives of the Declaration”
“As we commemorate Louis Riel’s legacy, we reflect on the major achievements for which he paved the way. We continue to work with Métis and other Indigenous partners across the country to advance reconciliation, including through the implementation of the recently unveiled United Nations Declaration Act Action Plan 2023-2028 – an evergreen roadmap to achieve the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”
“There is much more work still to be done. This process is ongoing and will continue in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis as the best path toward better outcomes for all”
« Natan Obed, président de l’Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, a souligné que “le gouvernement a travaillé avec nous pour implanter des mesures qui vont améliorer les droits des Autochtones. C’est une preuve de réconciliation. Nos droits méritent la même protection que les droits des autres Canadiens”. // Cassidy Caron, la présidente du Ralliement national des Métis, s’est quant à elle réjouie de cette annonce, indiquant être “optimiste pour que ce document dévoilé aujourd’hui transforme la société canadienne. C’est un outil puissant”. // RoseAnne Archibald, présidente de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations (APN), a souligné que “100 % des Premières Nations ne sont pas d’accord avec la DNUDPA, mais la majorité d’entre elles ont soutenu ce processus”. »
The action plan was drawn up in collaboration with the government, but we’ll have to wait and see whether the government implements the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act in full.
“The Government of Canada is committed to implementing the measures identified in this action plan, which outlines a whole of government roadmap for advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through a renewed, nation-to-nation, government-to-government, and Inuit-Crown relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership as the foundation for transformative change. It is important to emphasize that the action plan is not intended to be a comprehensive or restrictive set of actions to be taken by the federal government and Indigenous peoples to implement the UN Declaration. Rather, it will be an evergreen document that will allow for responsiveness to new priorities that emerge over time. The measures identified in the action plan are in areas where there were emerging trends or similarities in proposals among Indigenous peoples on priorities and key actions required to advance implementation of the UN Declaration Act”
“In addition, Budget 2023 proposes to provide $11.4 million over three years, starting in 2023-24, to Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada to engage with Indigenous communities and to update the federal guidelines for federal officials to fulfil the Crown’s duty to consult Indigenous peoples and accommodate impacts on their rights. This will support the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and provide more clarity on how the government will proceed to ensure an effective and efficient whole-of-government approach to consultation and accommodation”
The action plan should be presented by June 2023.
“The Act requires the Government to work in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples to take necessary measures to ensure federal laws are consistent with the Declaration, and to develop an action plan to achieve its objectives. Collaborating with First Nations, Inuit and Métis on an action plan is an opportunity to put in place concrete measures to address injustices, combat prejudice and eliminate all forms of violence, racism and discrimination, including systemic racism and discrimination. […] As articulated in the Act, the timeline to develop an action plan is exactly 2 years from when the Act came into force: by June 2023. Proposals should take into consideration this timeframe within their proposal and workplan in order to ensure they identify how they will be capturing key elements and areas of focus to be highlighted and included in the action plan”
“Whereas the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a framework for reconciliation, healing and peace, as well as harmonious and cooperative relations based on the principles of justice, democracy, respect for human rights, non-discrimination and good faith”