A Call to Individuals for Reconciliation

On June 21, 2021, a historic milestone was reached with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act coming into force. This legislation marks a pivotal moment in reshaping Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples. Here’s a guide for individuals on what this Act means, why it’s important, and how each person can actively contribute to its implementation.

This Act affirms UNDRIP as an international human rights instrument guiding the interpretation and application of Canadian law. It sets the stage for advancing the implementation of UNDRIP at the federal level.

  1. Spread the Word: Share information about UNDRIP and its importance with friends, family, and communities.
  2. Educate Yourself: Dive into Indigenous history, culture, and challenges to better grasp the context for effective advocacy.
  3. Support Indigenous Initiatives: Engage with and support Indigenous-led businesses, initiatives, and organizations.
  4. Open Dialogue: Foster open and respectful conversations with Indigenous individuals, acknowledging and learning from their perspectives.
  5. Land Acknowledgments: Integrate the acknowledgment of traditional territories into everyday conversations and events.
  6. Advocate for Inclusivity: Encourage workplaces, schools, and organizations to adopt inclusive practices and cultural competency training.
  7. Participate in Consultations: Stay informed about government consultations related to Indigenous rights and actively participate to ensure diverse voices are heard.

UNDRIP provides a framework for reconciliation, healing, and peace. The Act establishes a lasting framework, ensuring sustained efforts to uphold the human rights of Indigenous peoples. It responds to calls for justice from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

As individuals, our collective actions shape the path towards reconciliation. By standing in solidarity with Indigenous peoples, fostering understanding, and actively participating in the principles outlined in the UNDRIP Act, we contribute to a more inclusive and just future for all Canadians. This is an invitation for each person to play a meaningful role in the journey towards reconciliation.