NWAC supports Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is an invaluable human rights instrument that specifically identifies the rights and socioeconomic prosperity of Indigenous women as key to the survival and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples worldwide. NWAC is particularly pleased to see that the Bill requires that a national action plan for implementing the Declaration be developed in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples, and looks forward to being meaningfully engaged on UNDRIP’s applications to Canadian legislation impacting Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirited individuals.
“Our women deserve to be free from violence and discrimination. This right is enshrined in our constitution, but is specifically identified in UNDRIP as necessary to the revitalization and preservation of our cultures and communities. NWAC has worked towards this common goal for decades, and is pleased to see legislation that explicitly prioritizes Indigenous women’s empowerment and an end to this discrimination.” – President Francyne Joe
For more information, please contact:
Lynne Groulx, Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7