It has been a long time coming, but with a new government, comes new hope for the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Minister Bennette confirmed on May 10, 2016 that Canada was fully committed to the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by permanently removing their Objector Status. The Indigenous peoples of Canada have been waiting for this day for a long time but understand that there is a long road ahead before any tangible benefits result from Canada’s adoption of the Declaration. It is hoped that the adoption will help to bring Canada closer to fulfilling their s. 35 promises of reconciliation and breath new life into their relationship with the Indigenous peoples of Canada, a relationship that is based on trust and respect.
A PDF link to the text of the UNDRIP can be found below.