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Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami has not necessarily been in the same rooms as first nations and Métis in the last 10 to 15 years when it comes to UNDRIP legislation in Canada. We have had our positions all the way through. They may have been slightly different from those of first nations

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  The term “veto” does not appear within the provisions of UNDRIP, especially in regard to free, prior and informed consent. It is very clear, and it is an international instrument, just like conventions such as the UN charter. It's fascinating to me that somehow, for indigenous p

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Our position doesn't include specific revisions to the timeline, but I think the points you raise are very well taken. Government does need time, but it certainly seems, in all of the processes that I've been involved in or am privy to, that it's always a rush at the end. Many ti

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  As somebody who is in the co-development process, perhaps Tania could address that. I'm supportive of any language that recognizes the importance of women and girls in this particular process. Tania.

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  We've listened closely to not only Inuit perspectives but also Canadian perspectives on this piece of legislation. We've also listened to ministers and governments speak about indigenous people's rights and what may happen with the adoption or passage of Bill C-15. I think there

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and then the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls all had different mandates. They all had different reasons for being. At the heart of it was human rights, and t

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  The commission is filling an implementation gap. It is a mechanism to allow for the greatest possible implementation of this legislation. It is merely meant to be an aid. I would hope that committee members would read it, and imagine that this particular commission would help do

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  No, I don't think that's a fair statement. The consultation process by the federal government is not exhaustive for any piece of legislation at any time, just like the positions of individual Inuks will never be unanimous on any one issue. I think it's interesting that we are st

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Thanks. The UN declaration is more than just one particular paragraph. Free, prior and informed consent is really a small part of a much larger picture of the recognition of indigenous peoples' human rights. It's unfortunate that some political parties or some individual Canad

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  I'm sorry. Is that under UNDRIP article 19 or a particular piece of domestic legislation? Could you clarify the question, please?

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  There was a co-development phase of the legislation, which included the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. We, on our part, have worked through our Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami board of directors. Those four presidents who sit as our

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  In many cases, Inuit are ahead of the curve when it comes to the signing and implementation of modern treaties. That said, there are still outstanding human rights violations that affect Inuit as well as first nations and Métis. I don't need to look much further than the national

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Thank you for the question. I will start on a conceptual level and then I'll allow Tania to speak specifically to some of the considerations within the proposed amendment. The legislation as it stands is quite broad. The creation of an action plan has great potential, but it als

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  It is incredibly important for Canada to recognize and affirm the UN declaration and to make its first attempt to harmonize Canadian law with the provisions within the UN declaration. It's a massive undertaking, and this legislation really just scratches the surface of that. If y

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Thank you for the question. It's great to see you as well, Adam. I can't help but think right away about the link between free, prior and informed consent and education or language. It isn't just natural resource extraction that we're talking about and which indigenous peoples

April 13th, 2021Committee meeting

Natan Obed