National tour touts reconciliation law
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.