OTTAWA, ON, June 18, 2021 / CNW / – Métis Nation applauds passage of Senate at 3rd reading on June 16e of Bill C-15, An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Act). The bill is expected to receive royal assent next week. Canada takes a historic step towards reconciliation.
Today is an important day for the Métis Nation and for all Canadians. the A declaration affirms the right to self-determination of the Métis Nation, First Nations and Inuit. It sets the minimum standards for our survival, dignity and well-being. the Act establishes a framework for the implementation of A declaration in Canadian law in consultation and collaboration with Indigenous peoples.
Métis National Council vice-president and national spokesperson David Chartrand said, “This law is the foundation of a renewed relationship between Canada and indigenous peoples. The Métis Nation has been a strong supporter of the implementing legislation. We worked tirelessly to make this day a success. We would like to thank Prime Minister Trudeau for keeping his promise to bring this bill forward and Minister Lametti for overseeing his advancement in Parliament. It is a real accomplishment. We look forward to Royal Assent. “
the Act was jointly developed in 2020 by the Métis National Council, the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the government of Canada. It prescribes the development of an action plan within two years to achieve the objectives of the A declaration, in partnership with the Métis Nation, the Inuit and the First Nations. We will work nation to nation, government to government with our First Nations, Inuit and the government of Canada partners to design and implement a distinctions-based action plan that respects the inherent rights of the Métis Nation and strengthens our citizens, communities and governments.
Ralliement national des Métis President Clément Chartier explains that “this is the culmination of decades of hard work and advocacy for Indigenous leaders, Canada and globally. The recent heartbreaking discovery of the children of Kamloops Indian Residential School reminds us that the deadly effects of colonialism remain with us to this day. We will urgently work to create a plan of action that reverses these harmful legacies and creates a future where our human rights as indigenous peoples are honored and respected. We owe it to our future generations and to all Canadians. “
The RNM represents the Métis nation in Canada at national and international levels. The homeland of the Métis nation comprises the three prairie provinces and extends to contiguous parts of British Columbia, Ontario, the Northwest Territories and United States. There are approximately 400,000 Métis Nation citizens in Canada, about a quarter of all indigenous peoples in the country.
SOURCE Métis National Council
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