TORONTO— Liberal Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development critic, Dr. Carolyn Bennett, made the following statement today on the fifth anniversary of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP):
“In recognition of the fifth anniversary of the UNDRIP, we reaffirm our duty as parliamentarians to embrace and support Aboriginal rights in Canada. We recommit ourselves to engagement and partnership with First Nations, Métis and Inuit people across the country, as we work toward a better future desired by all Aboriginal citizens.
As we tackle the urgent priorities outlined by Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, including resource development, universal access to high-quality education, economic development, and the provision of safe housing and clean running water on reserves, we must ensure that our actions conform to and respect the principles outlined in the UNDRIP.
On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary caucus, I reiterate our commitment to work together with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in mutual partnership and respect, and to press the government do the same.”