Na­tional tour touts rec­on­cil­i­a­tion law

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - LAW & ORDER -

Dec­la­ra­tions on the Rights of In­dige­nous Peo­ple Act, would set out the leg­isla­tive frame­work to make the dec­la­ra­tion legally bind­ing in Canada. At its core is the TRC call to ac­tion that re­lates to fed­eral, pro­vin­cial, ter­ri­to­rial and mu­nic­i­pal lev­els of govern­ment adopt­ing the UN dec­la­ra­tion, Sa­ganash said.

Such a law won’t re­place the In­dian Act, as some sup­port­ers be­lieve, but it might has­ten its abo­li­tion. Man­i­toba’s Grand Chief Derek Nepinak has re­peat­edly called for the abo­li­tion of the In­dian Act. For­mer na­tional chief Matthew Coon Come wrote an op-ed that ap­peared in the Mon­treal Gazette Wed­nes­day that called Sa­ganash’s bill a way for Canada “to re­ject the colo­nial past.”


NDP MP Romeo Sa­ganash be­lieves his pri­vate mem­ber’s bill has a bet­ter chance of pass­ing than oth­ers.

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