Celebrating a Historic Day for Indigenous Peoples and for Canada

“In the 151st year of this country, all Canadians have a momentous occasion to continue doing the right thing when it comes to the fundamental rights of Indigenous Peoples.” – Federal NDP MP and Reconciliation Critic, Romeo Saganash

News from the New Democratic Party of Canada

Posted June 1st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

NDP MP and Reconciliation Critic, Romeo Saganash

This past May 30th, in Canada’s  House of Commons, all of Parliament celebrated the historic passage of NDP MP and Reconciliation Critic, Romeo Saganash’s Private Member’s Bill C-262.

This means that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), an international framework which Romeo helped to work on for 23 years, will now become enshrined into Canadian law.

In September 2007, the UN General Assembly adopted UNDRIP – this was such an important moment in the history of the United Nations, and more importantly, in the history of 400 million Indigenous people throughout more than 80 countries – and today, Canada’s Parliament adopted this framework into law.

Romeo Saganash shared his thoughts on the passage of his legislation earlier today:

“Bill C-262 is probably the most important bill Parliament has considered in a long time.

It is important, because Human Rights instruments like the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples forge proper relationships and partnerships between governments and Indigenous Peoples.

I am saying that Canadians want reconciliation. They believe in the importance of justice for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. It is 2018 and Canadians believe that it is finally time to recognize that Indigenous rights are also human rights.

I want to express my thanks to the many Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations and communities across this country that have supported and endorsed Bill C-262 through resolution.

There cannot be reconciliation in the absence of justice. I spent 10 years in residential school. I should have been bitter the rest of my life because of that, because it was not my choice to go. I was forced.

However, when I came out of the residential school, I set out to reconcile with the people who put me away. Bill C-262 is all about that reconciliation. Today, I extend a hand to all Members of Parliament and to all Canadians across the country who voted for and supported justice, reconciliation and what is fundamentally right.

In the 151st year of this country, all Canadians have a momentous occasion to continue doing the right thing when it comes to the fundamental rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This was a historic day, and we’re so thankful for Romeo, his team, and the Indigenous community’s hard work to get us to this point.

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