Statement - “Progress is happening” Canada’s human rights watchdog reacts to government announcement to support full implementation of UNDRIP

November 21, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission

In response to the federal government’s announcement in supporting Bill C-262 that ensures the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, issues the following statement:

“The Canadian Human Rights Commission commends the federal government’s announcement which not only supports Romeo Saganash’s private member bill that provides for the full implementation of the UN Declaration, but also paves the way for a greater commitment towards reconciliation and human rights recognition for Indigenous Peoples.  We cannot discount the incredibly important significance behind the Government’s commitment, and the hope that this will provide the necessary momentum that will push Canada into a new era cooperation and support.”