Kieran Mckinnon
Kieran Mckinnon

Kieran Mckinnon is a writer, musician, and part-time academic living in Ottawa. He has written on topics such as environmental politics and sustainability, international regimes of human rights, and the politics of settler colonialism in Canada. He has just completed his Masters Degree at the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University, following his Bachelors at the same institution in 2014.

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    Bill C-262: The ‘first true test’ of Canada’s nation-to-nation commitment

    April 21, 2016 proved to be an important day for the recently concluded Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). In the House of Commons, Romeo Saganash, Member of Parliament for the Western Quebec riding of Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou, tabled a piece of legislation calling for the implementation of one of the key calls to action from the TRC: the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into Canadian law.

    Saganash’s Bill C-262, as it is called, has the potential to revolutionize the way that government and private sector organizations would interact with Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The adoption and implementation of UNDRIP would provide a legislative framework for how the future relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian government would function. Not only would the bill impact First Nations, Métis, and Inuit relations under the relatively new Liberal government, but it would ensure a lasting legacy that could not be easily overturned by subsequent governments.

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