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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: The United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act received Royal Assent yesterday and immediately came into force affirming the human rights of Indigenous Peoples and provides us all with a roadmap to advance reconciliation and this Act creates a legislative framework to implement the Declaration in Canada to close socio-economic gaps, advance reconciliation and renew relationships based on the affirmation of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.
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As a result of almost 25 years of collaboration between UN Member States and Indigenous peoples from around the world, the Declaration was endorsed by the Government of Canada in 2016 and committed to its full and effective implementation.
Developed in consultation and collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, an action plan was developed to achieve the Declaration’s objectives and take all measures necessary to align federal laws with the Declaration and includes addressing injustice, racism and discrimination against Indigenous Peoples, promote mutual respect, understanding through human rights education, and to ensure progress through regular reporting and oversight.
Canada's Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett said in a news release that this day is an important day for First Nations and Canada and added that all levels of the government need to work together with First Nations and other indigenous peoples to ensure the full implementation of the UN Declaration in Canada.
During the observation of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the following statement,