Moving forward together

"Deeds are not accomplished in a few days or in a few hours. A century is only a spoke in the wheel of everlasting time"

– Louis Riel

The UN Declaration contains a broad range of rights and obligations that all federal government departments will need to work in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples on with respect to the laws, policies, initiatives and activities for which they are accountable. The federal government, and all Canadians, must acknowledge and learn from the past and work with Indigenous peoples to chart a future together based on trust, mutual respect and recognition and respect for Indigenous human rights. Progress has begun, but there remains much work to do to ensure the rights of Indigenous peoples are respected and promoted, that the UN Declaration guides all work by the Crown and to support the renewal of the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationship with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis.

The UN Declaration provides a foundation on which to build and reset relationships and advance reconciliation. It provides a framework for change to address gaps in policies, practices and legislative initiatives. This also requires identifying and addressing gaps in decision-making processes, and in governance structures where Indigenous peoples have been, and continue to be, excluded.

By working in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples to identify gaps and concrete actions to address them, better outcomes will be achieved as we work in partnership to advance reconciliation and the achievement of transformative change.

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