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It is one that is uniquely Canadian, and it responds to the unique circumstances Canadians have, which include section 35.
The government has now indicated that it will support the bill, which says that the Government of Canada must adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and make Canadian laws compliant with it.The northern gateway pipeline was cancelled without consulting indigenous communities that stood to benefit by a $2-billion equity share in that project.There is not even agreement yet in Canada as to which group would grant free, prior, and informed consent, the new concept that has been envisioned in UNDRIP.His job is to try to find ways in which to go forward with a yes to make sure that..environment is protected and the economy goes forward, but not one at the expense of the other.During the 2015 election campaign, [the Prime Minister] told First Nations that if we elected him, he would absolutely respect our legal right to veto any development on our territories.First Nations say no on their territory, that means no.
And [the Prime Minister] said very clearly that no means no when talking to First Nations.
More than just lip service, we have enshrined the rights of aboriginal peoples in our Constitution, one of the only countries in the world to do so. colleagues will know, aboriginal and treaty rights are recognized and affirmed in section 35 of the Constitution Act and reaffirmed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Moreover, our government has also issued a statement of support for the principles of the very document at the core of this bill, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which are consistent with our own commitment to continue working in partnership with aboriginal peoples to improve the well-being of aboriginal Canadians.
Regardless, the principles of free, prior and informed consent and the existing duty to consult share the same goal: to protect Indigenous peoples, remedy historical disadvantage and provide a foundation for a more respectful and mutually beneficial relationship. We want to find a way to make our laws and system work better for all indigenous communities in Canada.
We want to make sure that they see the benefits of responsible resource development.
There is grave concern that if we were to simply adopt the United Nations convention how it would interact with our laws.