Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national representational organization for Inuit in Canada, welcomed today’s statement of good will by Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, at the 15th United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, that Canada will be a full supporter of the U.N.
This article describes how the right of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) relates to the work Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) carries out as the national representative organization for Inuit in Canada. IKT President, Natan Obed, outlines how the right of Inuit to FPIC applies to the Canadian Inuit political context and discuss the ways this policy approach influences our Inuit-to-Crown relationship. He argues that the application of FPIC through implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration orDeclaration) is necessary to create a more collaborative, consent-based relationship between Inuit and governments. He explains how FPIC is an important safeguard and tool for Inuit because it obligates governments to engage us on issues that affect our communities and homelands, and affirms our inherent right to self-determination.