The open letter coincides with the beginning of Parliamentary hearings on the Bill, which was tabled by the Liberal government in early December. Romeo Saganash, whose private Member’s bill, Bill C-262, provided the model for C-15, is among the expert witnesses testifying on March 11.
The letter calls Bill C-15 “an historic opportunity to advance reconciliation.” Noting that stalling preventing Bill C-262 becoming law, the letter states:
“Concrete measures to implement the UN Declaration in Canadian law and policy are necessary and overdue. Passage of Bill C-15 should be a top priority for all Members of Parliament and Senators.”
Signatories include the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Circumpolar Council, the Métis National Council, a former Attorney General of Canada, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, a former Premier of the Northwest Territories, the chair of a UN human rights committee, notable philanthropists, and grassroots leaders and activists, among others.
The letter and the full list of signatories to date can be found at:
Bill Namagoose, Executive Director
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