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Race, Ethnicity, Indigenous Peoples and Politics

L07(c) - Roundtable: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Progress on Implementation in Canada

Date: Jun 4 | Time: 03:15pm to 04:45pm | Location: SWING 121

Chair/Président/Présidente : Martin Papillon (Université de Montréal)

Kiera Ladner (University of Manitoba)
Sheryl Lightfoot (University of British Columbia)
Peter Russell (University of Toronto)
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (University of British Columbia)

Abstract: In its final report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called upon Canada to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as the framework for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The Trudeau government has since expressed its commitment to the UNDRIP on numerous occasions, setting the stage for an ambitious policy reform agenda that could potentially transform Canada’s relations with Indigenous peoples. This roundtable, with some of Canada’s leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous thinkers on Indigenous rights and reconciliation, will consider the transformative potential of the UNDRIP for Canada. It will take stock of Canada’s recent efforts at reforming its laws and policies in light of the UNDRIP and the TRC’s Calls to Action, notably under the federal government’s Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework, and discuss the challenges and possible avenues for moving ahead in making the UNDRIP a reality in Canada.