At our AGM this past June, CCEDNet members passed a resolution calling on CCEDNet to urge the federal and provincial governments to enshrine the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into law.
According to the United Nations, UNDRIP is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous peoples. It establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world and it elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms as they apply to the specific situation of Indigenous peoples.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #43 calls upon federal, provincial, and territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement UNDRIP as the framework for reconciliation. The report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls reaffirms this recommendation in the first of its 10 Calls to Justice. The Assembly of First Nations expressed its deep commitment to the full and effective implementation of UNDRIP in its report, Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in 2017. KAIROS, Amnesty International, and countless other organizations have called for the same thing, and now CCEDNet has officially added itself to these calls.