The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday, 13 September 2007. A majority of 144 states voted in favour, Canada was one of 4 votes against along with Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and 11 abstentions from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Samoa and Ukraine.
Canada has “endorsed” the UNDRIP and in British Columbia the new government says it will be “fully adopting and implementing” the UNDRIP.
What do the UNDRIP and these statements by our governments mean for us as Indigenous and settler peoples?
Over the coming weeks, we will be examining the UNDRIP and the possible implications of endorsing, adopting and implementing it’s terms in Canada and British Columbia.
Our aim is to create dialogue concerning the UNDRIP. If it is to be part of the future of Indigenous-settler relations, we need to start talking about it now.
Please join us in this conversation. Add your voice to the dialogue by leaving a comment below.