Download or consult our engagement kit that includes information on the Declaration, the Act and other resources.
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The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act became law and came into force on June 21, 2021.
As the next step, the Government of Canada is working in consultation and cooperation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to:
- Develop measures necessary to ensure the consistency of federal laws with the Declaration
- Develop an action plan to achieve the objectives of the Declaration
- Develop annual reports on progress and submit to, or table in, Parliament
The Act requires that the action plan be developed as soon as possible and no later than two years after the coming into force of the Act, which means it needs to be completed by June 2023.
Moving forward together
As a first step, the Government of Canada will be working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to implement the UN Declaration Act. There will be two engagement phases.
Phase one focuses on working in partnership with Indigenous peoples to better understand their priorities to help shape the action plan and to begin to identify potential measures for aligning federal laws with the Declaration. Consistent with the Act’s requirements, this process will include:
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis rights holders, including modern treaty signatories, self-governing nations and historic treaty partners, as well as national and regional Indigenous representative organizations
- Indigenous women, Elders, youth, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, urban Indigenous people and other Indigenous organizations and groups
Phase two focuses on continued engagement with Indigenous peoples to validate the draft action plan. The draft action plan will be informed by the priorities identified in phase one. This phase also includes opportunities for broader engagement, including with provinces and territories and industry. This phase is anticipated to start in the winter of 2023.
How to participate
There are multiple ways for Indigenous peoples to participate in this engagement process:
- Indigenous-led engagement sessions
- A number of virtual sessions organized by Justice Canada
- Download or print the guiding questions and submit your feedback via email or mail
UN Declaration Act Implementation Secretariat
Department of Justice Canada
275 Sparks Street
Canada K1A 0H8
Potential topics for discussion
We welcome all views and perspectives on key priorities for the action plan, and measures to ensure the consistency of federal laws with the Declaration and annual reporting on progress.
The Act requires the action plan to include measures:
- to address injustices, combat prejudice and eliminate all forms of violence, racism and discrimination against Indigenous peoples, including elders, youth, children, persons with disabilities, women, men and gender-diverse and two-spirit persons
- to promote mutual respect and understanding, as well as good relations, including through human rights education
- related to the monitoring, oversight, follow up, recourse or remedy or other accountability with respect to the implementation of the Declaration
- for monitoring the implementation of the plan itself and for reviewing and amending the plan
The Act specifically outlines key areas that the Government of Canada must consult on and cooperate with Indigenous peoples in order to meet the requirements of the Act.
To assist, there are a series of questions, a list of themes of the Declaration, and an engagement kit available to help guide discussions and input related to each of the legal obligations contained in the Act.
This collaborative work will complement other initiatives underway across Canada with Indigenous partners to close socio-economic gaps, advance reconciliation and renew relationships based on the affirmation of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.
- Statement on the 15th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - September 13, 2022
- Watch the video: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples explained
- Annual Report 2022
- Statement – June 21, 2022
- Engagement and resource kit
- Fact Sheet - The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act
- Declaration themes
- Watch the video: Voices on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- The Declaration in action
- Bill C-15: What we learned report
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