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ITK Position Paper: Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By January 24, 2017 No Comments

This position paper outlines the expectations of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) regarding the Government of Canada’s support for and commitment to implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It provides an overview of the UNDRIP as well as a legal interpretation of its application to domestic law and policy. We describe Canada’s current political position and the progress the federal government has made in fulfilling its commitment to implementing the UNDRIP as well as our preferred approach to implementation. This position paper also makes policy recommendations for moving forward with implementing and upholding the human rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada.