Underfunded schools. Inadequate housing. Glacial progress on settling land claims and respecting constitutional and treaty rights.

Frustration is rising among First Nations, Inuit and Métis people—along with millions more Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

When Stephen Harper issued the apology for the residential schools policy in 2008, he promised a new relationship. And when Canada finally endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2010, many hoped things would change. But Stephen Harper’s actions have not matched his words.

The way forward is through nation-to-nation dialogue, built on a foundation of respect.

That’s why NDP MP Romeo Saganash has put forward a bill to ensure Canadian laws are consistent with the UN Declaration—the right to quality education, to freedom from discrimination, to participate in decisions affecting traditional lands, and beyond.

It’s time. Let’s urge every Canadian MP to pass this bill unanimously through Parliament.

Add your voice now

We, the undersigned residents of Canada, recognize the following:

  • On April 4, 2008, the House of Commons adopted a motion in support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • On November 12, 2010, the Canadian government endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Renewing nation-to-nation relationships requires accepting the principles of mutual respect and partnership to ensure long-term prosperity for all peoples.

Therefore, we call on the House of Commons to unanimously adopt Bill C-641, an Act to ensure that Canadian laws are consistent with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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