We call upon the Federal Government to Address the TRC Call to Action #43 & Support UNDRIP

We call upon the Federal Government to Address the TRC Call to Action #43 & Support UNDRIP

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In the recent USask publication titled, How Canada can Solve its Emerging Water Crisis, Pomeroy, Debeer, Adapa and Merrill state:

The federal government earmarked an additional $739 million in the budget to eliminate drinking-water advisories on reserves. Since 2015, the federal government has spent $2 billion to improve access to safe, clean drinking water in First Nations communities. As of March 2019, it has lifted 81 long-term drinking water advisories, leaving 59 advisories in place. It plans to have all long-term drinking water advisories removed by 2021.

This laudable goal is addressing the symptoms, but not the core water problems for Indigenous communities. Indigenous peoples’ inherent water rights, laws and jurisdictions, in addition to their negotiated treaties, land claims and governance agreements, indicate their role as full partners in water and land use decision- making.

One of the main key areas of focus that this article suggests the federal government can contribute towards is:

Strengthen reconciliation with Indigenous peoples by ensuring the Canada Water Act is consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and adopting a consent-based, co-drafting approach to renewing the act in partnership with Indigenous governments.

Here is the link to the article for more information: https://news.usask.ca/articles/research/2019/how-canada-can-solve-its-emerging-water-crisis.php

Canada is 1 of the 2 countries out of 144 that has voted against supporting the UNDRIP. Hanson states in the, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, that:

The UNDRIP was adopted by 144 countries, with 11 abstentions and 4 countries voting against it. These four countries were Canada, the USA, New Zealand, and Australia. Since 2009 Australia and New Zealand have reversed their positions and now support the Declaration, while the United States and Canada have announced that they will revise their positions. 

Here is the link to the article for more information: https://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/un_declaration_on_the_rights_of_indigenous_peoples/

Responsively as concerned Canadian Citizens, we call upon the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on behalf of the federal government, to address the root cause of the Canadian water crisis issue beginning by revising the denial made by the Harper government in 2010 to support the UNDRIP. It is by correcting these past wrongs that true reconciliation can be attained. This aligns with the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action #43, which states:

We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation.

Here is the link to the article for more information: http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

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