The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) is a comprehensive international human rights instrument for Indigenous peoples around the world. In Canada, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (UN Declaration Act), which came into force in June 2021, provides a legislative framework to advance the implementation of the Declaration at a federal level, as a key step in renewing the Government of Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples.
This event features a panel discussion with First Nations, Inuit and Métis experts as well as senior federal government officials who will provide an overview of both the Declaration and the UN Declaration Act with a focus on their role in providing a framework for reconciliation. Learn about the Government of Canada's obligations in relation to supporting the implementation of the Declaration at the federal level, in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples.
This event is presented in partnership with the Department of Justice Canada.
- Laurie Sargent, Assistant Deputy Minister, Indigenous Rights and Relations Portfolio, Department of Justice Canada
- Angie Bruce, Assistant Deputy Minister, Indigenous Affairs and Major Projects Management Office, Natural Resources Canada
- Shalene Curtis-Micallef, Associate Deputy Minister, Department of Justice
- Caleb Behn, Director, Rights, Assembly of First Nations
- Diana Kwan, Manager, Strategic Policy Directorate, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
- Tim Argetsinger, Executive Political Advisor, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
- Brandon MacLeod, Métis Lawyer and Senior Policy Advisor, Métis National Council
- Kathleen Boston, Métis Elder
- Manitok Thompson, Inuit Knowledge keeper
- Elder Claudette Commanda
Valerie Gideon, Associate Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada