Canada Removes Objector Status Officially Adopts United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Canada Removes Objector Status and Officially Adopts United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Government of Canada voted against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UNDRIP”) when it was first passed by the General Assembly in 2007. Three years later, the federal government accepted UNDRIP with qualifications as an “aspirational document”.

On May 10, 2016, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett officially announced that Canada would now fully support UNDRIP, without qualification, and affirmed Canada’s commitment to adopt and implement UNDRIP in accordance with the Canadian Constitution.[1]

UNDRIP recognizes Indigenous peoples’ basic human rights, language, equality, land and their right to control their own lives.

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