Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde delivered a statement at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Thursday urging the Canadian government to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) through legislation.
The joint statement was made on behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), Native Women’s Association of Canada, B.C. Assembly of First Nations, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers), Indigenous World Association, Amnesty International, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, KAIROS, and the National Association of Friendship Centres.
The statement recommends four key actions to the federal government. Read the full text below.