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NWAC, through the UNDRIP Act Implementation Project, participates in consultations to inform Canada’s Action Plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It is NWAC’s hope that the Action Plan will contain specific, measurable actions for responsible authorities (such as government departments) to immediately commit to fulfilling.
Consultation with Indigenous Peoples—and the Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people NWAC represent—is a living embodiment of the very values UNDRIP advances.
On June 21, 2021, Bill C-15, or An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the UNDRIP Act), became law in Canada.
The UNDRIP Act states the Government of Canada must take every measure necessary to ensure laws in Canada are consistent with UNDRIP through the preparation and implementation of an action plan.
While NWAC believes the UNDRIP Act represents an important step toward reconciliation and recognizing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, we also believe it is of critical importance that Indigenous women, youth, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people are equally and thoroughly engaged throughout the consultation process for the implementation, and creation, of a UNDRIP action plan.