Op-Ed: Indigenous peoples’ right to consent already exists in Canada, UNDRIP or not – UM Today

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 202026 Views

March 19, 2020 —

The following is an op-ed written by Brenda Gunn, associate professor, Robson Hall Faculty of Law, that originally was published by the Globe and Mail on March 17, 2020.

Canada claims to be a peaceful country – one that respects human rights. Yet that notion is seriously undermined when Canadian political and business leaders advocate denying Indigenous peoples basic human rights.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, for instance, recently advocated against federal legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights for Indigenous Peoples, as British Columbia has already done. At the core of this belief is the false thinking that implementing the UNDRIP in Canada would undermine certainty or give Indigenous peoples a new “veto-like” power over government actions.

The worldwide denial of the human rights of Indigenous peoples is the precise reason that the United Nations worked to explicitly recognize those rights with UNDRIP. That document recognizes that Indigenous peoples are peoples, like all other peoples, and that racism can no longer be used to deny Indigenous peoples fundamental human rights.

Read More: https://news.umanitoba.ca/op-ed-indigenous-peoples-right-to-consent-already-exists-in-canada-undrip-or-not/

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