June 17, 2010 (40th Parliament, 3rd Session)

NDP

Jean Crowder (Interjection)

New Democratic Party

Ms. Jean Crowder

Madam Speaker, there still is not an answer to my question that I raised originally about what the formal date is for Canada to adopt the UN charter or the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
In the letter to the Prime Minister on June 9, one of the issues that is raised by the various signatories, including the First Nations Summit and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, is the fact that the federal government has been seeking support for endorsement of its strategy from provincial and territorial governments but no consultations with indigenous peoples have been carried out. Such actions unjustly treat indigenous people as adversaries and fail to uphold the honour of the crown.
Despite what the government says about moving forward, the first nations in this country are saying that they are not being included. When will they be included and when will Canada sign on?

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
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