OTTAWA – Today, Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Winnipeg Centre) introduced Bill C-332, An Act to provide for reporting on compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The bill requires the Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development in consultation with representatives of provincial, territorial governments and First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, to table an annual report in Parliament on Canada’s compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The Report is required to be tabled 15 sitting days following June 2nd of each year.
“As we enter into a new Nation to Nation era, we need to ensure that, as a country, we are progressing in the right direction,” said Ouellette. “By using UNDRIP as a measure for reporting on our country’s progress, we can ensure that the lives of all Canadians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, are improving, and that we ensure the world-view of all peoples are respected.”
Ouellette added “we have a government that is making excellent progress towards building these respectful relationships. This bill will provide an additional level of accountability that future generations will benefit from.”
The full text of Ouellette’s bill can be found at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=8695841