The Senate halts recognition of Indigenous rights on National Indigenous Peoples Day – Canadian Lawyer

by ahnationtalk on June 24, 2019262 Views

June 24, 2019

This year, June 21 not only marked National Indigenous Peoples Day but also the day that bill C-262 died before the Senate. The bill would ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, but it did not make it passed the Senate before Parliament rose for the summer last Friday. As the House of Commons will not sit again before the Canadian election, the path to implementing the UN Declaration in Canada is uncertain.

Bill C-262 is a private members bill introduced by Romeo Saganash, a Cree Member of Parliament. The bill was introduced on April 21, 2016 and would takes steps toward implementing the global minimum human rights standards for Indigenous peoples. When introducing the bill, Saganash explained that this bill would provide a “legislative framework for a national reconciliation that is long overdue in this country.”

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