NDP MP Romeo Saganash
The Council of Canadians fully supports Romeo Saganash's private members bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
We have been vocally supporting UNDRIP since 2007.
The bill will next be debated in the House of Commons on Monday February 5 starting at 3 pm EST and a second reading vote on it will take place on Wednesday February 7 (at 5:30 pm EST).
If it become law, C-262 would require a process for the review of federal laws to ensure consistency with the standards set out in UNDRIP. It would also require the government to work with Indigenous peoples to develop a national action plan to implement the declaration. And it would provide for annual reporting to parliament on progress made toward implementation.
Notably, the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, also backed by The Council of Canadians, calls on the federal government to "fully adopt and implement UNDRIP as the framework for reconciliation" and "to develop a national action plan, strategies, and other concrete measures to achieve the goals of UNDRIP."
After initially saying C-262 was "unworkable", the Liberals have now said they will support it (but they will need to be pushed on this promise).
To help Bill C-262 pass second reading:
1- Call or e-mail your MP. Tell them that you support C-262 and ask them how they will vote on February 7. Tell them you look forward to seeing how they voted in Hansard. To find the email and telephone number for your MP, simply click here.
2- Tweet the prime minister at @JustinTrudeau to say you want him to #adoptandimplement #UNDRIP and that you support #BillC262
3- Retweet this message of support from the @CouncilofCDNs
4- Share this blog on social media and with your family and friends and encourage everyone to take action in support of Bill C-262.
5- Follow the progress of the bill after it (hopefully) passes second reading on February 7 and be ready to take action again to help it pass a third and final reading vote in the House of Commons later this year.