The late Art Manuel and Nicole Schabus of the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade have been critical voices in relation to the threats posed to Indigenous rights by trade policy.
Yesterday, the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau pledged a new 'legislative framework' for Indigenous rights in Canada.
The Globe and Mail reports, "The federal government says it will support Indigenous people in realizing their visions for their futures and in rebuilding their nations by creating new legislation that forces its officials to stop demanding that Indigenous people prove their constitutional rights exist."
How might this relate to the North American Free Trade Agreement and the so-called 'comprehensive and progressive' Trans-Pacific Partnership?
The Liberals tabled a proposed an Indigenous rights chapter for NAFTA during the 5th round of talks that took place in November 2017. The proposed chapter was then discussed during the 6th round of talks that took place last month in Montreal.