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Bill 41: Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act – First Peoples Law

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 2019195 Views

November 14, 2019

On October 24th, the Government of British Columbia introduced Bill 41 – 2019: Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. If passed, the new legislation will require the Province to embark on a process of legislative reform to ensure that provincial laws are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

As Indigenous organizations have noted, the Bill constitutes an important step towards the full implementation of the UN Declaration, and has the potential to transform the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Province from one of conflict to partnership, collaboration and respect. The Bill passed first reading, and will proceed through the next steps of the legislative process before it can be proclaimed into law.

What it is

Bill 41 represents one of the first concrete steps in Canada towards the meaningful implementation of the UN Declaration. The Act is intended to affirm the application of the Declaration to the laws of BC, contribute to the implementation of the Declaration, and support the development of relationships between the provincial government and “Indigenous governing bodies” (defined as entities that are authorized to act on behalf of Indigenous Peoples that hold rights recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982).

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