Jenny Kwan, MP

Member of Parliament, Vancouver East

Reconciliation and Bill C-262

Respecting the rights of Indigenous, Métis and Inuit peoples is a core principle of the New Democratic Party.


Nation To Nation is not just a slogan.

The Prime Minister promised Canadians that there would be a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Canada's First Peoples. But so far, there is mounting evidence that these words are just that—words.

We must implement the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is an international human rights instrument drafted with Indigenous Peoples and adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007 after more than two decades of negotiations.

The Declaration affirms the inherent or pre-existing collective human rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the individual human rights of Indigenous women, men and children. It provides a framework for justice and reconciliation, applying existing human rights standards to the specific historical, cultural and social circumstances of Indigenous Peoples.

The Declaration also states that the rights it contains “constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world.”

If we are to move forward with reconciliation, we must turn our backs to colonialism.

The NDP’s Bill C-262 does just that.

NDP MP Romeo Saganash tabled Bill C-262 to ensure that the laws of Canada respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Romeo spent 23 years at the United Nations negotiating the Declaration, which was endorsed by Canada in 2010. 

Within the legislative framework of this bill, impacts such as intergenerational trauma, severe impoverishment, epidemics of suicide, impairment of mental and physical health, and profound loss of hope should receive the attention they deserve. Legislative implementation of the UN Declaration will contribute to ensuring that progress made will not be easily reversed by any future government and implementation of the UN Declaration would explicitly reject colonialism, in favour of justice, equality, respect for human rights and good faith.

This bill legislates a national action plan in cooperation and collaboration with Indigenous Peoples as called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and will provide clarity and highlight the importance of harmonizing federal laws: something that will facilitate investment and development.

According to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Canada must adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation.

Support Indigenous Human Rights: Pass Bill C-262!

Bill C-262 is now before the Senate. You can take action to tell the Senate why adopting and implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is urgent by sending an e-letter to all the Senators urging them to support the quick passage of Bill C262. Click here to fire off the KAIROS E-Letter!


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    published this page in The Issues 2019-03-08 07:59:06 -0800