Greenpeace Canada Joins Call for the Government of Canada to Adopt and Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
May 14, 2017: Greenpeace Canada stands in support with the people who gathered at the Human Rights Monument on May 13th in Ottawa to call on the Government of Canada to adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
The demonstration marked the culmination of a 21-day, 600-kilometer pilgrimage by church groups, and the latest in countless actions by Indigenous groups and allies calling on government to fully recognize the human rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
“The Government of Canada officially retracted its concerns to UNDRIP last month. Now is the time for the government to ‘walk the talk’, and adopt and implement UNDRIP into Canadian law,” said Joanna Kerr, Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada.
The Canadian Parliament will soon have the opportunity to do just this, when Bill C-262 reaches its second reading during the fall session. Bill C-262 is a private member’s bill “to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, brought by Romeo Saganash, MP for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou.
“We call on all political parties of Canada to support UNDRIP and to support Bill C-262. Implementing UNDRIP is a key recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and a necessary step along the path to reconciliation,” added Kerr.
Anyone wishing to support Bill C-262 and the adoption and implementation of UNDRIP into Canadian law can sign the Bill C-262 petition.
Greenpeace Canada endorses Bill C-262 and acknowledges that, under international law, Indigenous Peoples have the right to free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) for decisions that will affect their interests, as recognized in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). More details can be found in Greenpeace Canada’s Policy on Indigenous Rights, which is recently revised.