The first in a series of engagement events on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Act concluded yesterday in Montreal.
More than 70 people—including Chiefs, elected officials and other First Nations representatives from 26 communities and three tribal councils—participated in this hybrid event from February 14 to 16, 2023.
These first engagement sessions on the implementation of the UNDRIP Act, which included presentations, breakout sessions and plenary sessions, allowed us to better understand First Nations’ priorities and expectations for the federal government’s Action Plan to implement this legislation.
”We want self-determination to be recognized, not implemented.Chef Montour lors de la séance de discussion sur les priorités dans la mise en œuvre de la DNUDPA.
It was also an opportunity to discuss the impact of the legislation on communities and further inform them about Justice Canada’s processes.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in these sessions for attending and sharing their thoughts. We’re please with the meetings and connections made over the three days, and we’re proud to work with First Nations to ensure that their voices are heard and respected.
This event is part of the mandate we received from the AFNQL in September 2022 to carry out a project on self-determination, identify the priorities of AFNQL member First Nations and make recommendations for the development of the federal action plan to implement the UNDRIP Act.