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No imminent First Nations policy changes, says Bennett, promising UNDRIP-related cabinet directive – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on May 3, 201967 Views

May 2, 2019

Canada won’t be introducing new comprehensive land claims and inherent rights policies just yet, Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett told the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Thursday.

The announcement comes a day after hundreds of grassroots people, chiefs and Elders marched on an AFN policy forum to demand their involvement in any changes to federal policies impacting their rights.

Demonstrators condemned a June deadline by which government previously indicated to some First Nations it wanted to have the two key policies replaced.

The comprehensive claims policy applies to cases where Indigenous rights and title haven’t been addressed by treaties, while the inherent rights policy addresses the right of Indigenous peoples to govern themselves in their own communities and nations.

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