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Liberals table bill to implement UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peop


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Liberals table bill to implement UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
By Maan AlhmidiThe Canadian Press
Thu., Dec. 3, 2020timer3 min. read

OTTAWA - The Liberal government introduced long-awaited legislation Thursday to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Justice Minister David Lametti described as a significant step forward on the path to reconciliation.

“It has the potential to be transformational,” Lametti told a news conference after tabling Bill C-15 in the House of Commons.

“We’re at a starting line putting 150 plus years, longer than that, of colonialism and the impact of (it) behind us,” he said. “Let’s move to a different model.”

The proposed legislation, if passed, would require the federal government to work with First Nations, Métis and Inuit to do everything needed to ensure Canadian law is in harmony with the rights and principles contained in the UN declaration.

It would also have the federal government create an action plan for those goals as soon as possible and no later than three years after the bill comes into force.

More here: https://www.thestar.com/politics/2020/12/03/bill-to-enshrine-un-declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples-in-canadian-law.html

However, there is (I think) legitimate criticism to implementation

My Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, November 30, 2021

I was invited to make a presentation to this Parliamentary Committee because of my writing about the Donald Marshall case and its application to the nasty violence in the lobster fishery in Nova Scotia two weeks earlier. For that writing , see my article in the Financial Post here and in my blog here.

Below is the text of my Opening Statement to the Committee:

November 30, 2021
Thank you Mr. McDonald and Committee members and your hardworking staff for inviting me. As a non-partisan witness with no economic interest at stake I am free to explain the law as I see it, while recognizing that others may see it differently.

My relevant legal experience is in analysing laws and judicial decisions, and in drafting federal and provincial legislation.  I claim no specialist expertise in either aboriginal treaty law or fisheries law.

While preparing for today I watched some of your recorded meetings. Meeting #8 was of particular interest, specifically parts of the Minister’s opening comments.  She said that the Mi’kmaq’s constitutional right to fish was confirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada.  In the parts of her presentation that I saw she did not mention any of the species limits the Court imposed.  She also mentioned section 35 of our Constitution.  Although no one expected the Minister to provide a lengthy legal analysis, the case law is complex and commonly misunderstood.

More at:

In the a/m link, Mr Roman explains UNDRIP (in three parts) and what it (could) mean for Canada