Honour the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Petitioned Stephen Harper

This petition was delivered to:

Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
Minister of Indigenous Affairs
John Duncan

Honour the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    1. Jonathon Reed
    2. Petition by

      Jonathon Reed

      Kingston, Canada

Canada's Statement of Support for the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2010 expressed a "commitment to work in partnership with Aboriginal peoples" as part of "a shift in Canada’s relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples."

First Nations have been living under the repression of colonialism for centuries. Canada's indigenous peoples are the victims of a system of marginalization, oppression and denial that is perpetuated in the government's relationship with First Nations communities today.

These communities have living conditions that rank 63rd on the UN Human Development Index and face serious inequities in health, education, food security and housing.

An indigenous village in the Amazon is fighting desperately to protect their land from an oil company while a 2012 London-based report on human rights says indigenous peoples "in every region of the world" face the risk of being "driven from their land and natural resources."

Humanity is better than this. Canada is better than this.


Idle No More has gained worldwide attention as First Nations across the nation continue to rise up against Bill C-45. But it is more than a Canadian grassroots movement; it is spreading across the world. And it is an opportunity for Canada to become an international leader in honouring the rights of indigenous peoples.

Idle No More is about more than Bill C-45 or the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Idle No More is about dignity and respect. It is about creating a future. Together.


Two years ago, the Harper government committed to honouring the sovereignty of First Nations and their right to self-government and environmental protection. It is time to hold our government accountable to that commitment and demand justice.

Article 19 of the UN Declaration states that indigenous peoples must be consulted in order to obtain their free consent before implementing legislative measures that may affect them.

Article 25 states that indigenous peoples have the right to maintain their traditional relationships with their lands, territories and waters.

Article 32 states that indigenous peoples have the right to determine the use of their lands and that the government must consult with them before the implementation any project that may affect their lands, territories or other resources, particularly with regard to resource exploitation.

The Harper government endorsed this Declaration.


For the sake of our children, for the integrity of Canada's natural environment and our collective future, we must demand that Harper honour the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

For the hundreds of millions of indigenous peoples that continue to struggle to defend their rights and achieve equality, Canada must take a leadership role in human rights. Harper must respect indigenous sovereignty and work in solidarity with Aboriginal leaders to make real change for First Nations communities and protect our environment.

The relationship of Canada's government with First Nations peoples began with conflict, marginalization and division, but it does not have to end there.

Together, we can create a new legacy.

Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • Lisa Souliere SAULT STE. MARIE, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      honour the treaties

    • John Goerzen Sheard ELMIRA, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      "I care, because it matters, on so many levels, not just the obvious fundamentals of human obligations and human rights. We are all treaty people, hurt and lessened by a history and continuation of us/them politics and either/or economics. And as treaty people we would all be healed and empowered with politics of collective honour and the power of both/and economics. The highest common denominator is an option in both politics and economics, and opens to the benefit of all, while lowest common denominator thinking continues to force feed our past disgraces into the mouth of our future. Courageous transformation IS a risk of daring and hope requiring visionary leadership (not blindfolded pin-the-tale on the pinion poll parodies of statesmanship); yet it is the fastest way beyond a horrific past that towards a future that is actually economically viable. Settled treaty relationships are the new inventory of a a stable economic future; the current mess is like overstock inventory in the warehouse of our future - human potential locked away and unable to be multiplied year by year to benefit all. And dealing with this is the social equivalent of the economics of free trade, some short term pain for long term gain. As a nation, we are wealthy and large enough to have a global voice, yet small enough to see and benefit from our interdependence with others. Yet, are we not large enough to see the benefits of a creative interdependence with our indigenous treaty partners, and strong enough to listen to their voices in our circle? To undertake, with deliberate and transparent intent, the exercise of 'internal globalization' - to make rooms in our own house, as it were - is not just *the* highest common denominator option politically and morally, it is also necessary schooling for the future of Canada in the new global marketplace, where those who can be both strongly independent and interdependent, and who can balance consumption with conservation, will have the best social and economic advantages. So, I care because it matters to us all. What is in the best interest of all in the treaty peoples' circle is a matter of enlightened self-interest, as well as being a matter of basic human obligation and human rights.

    • Gillian McDonald BARRIE, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Theirs is a voice that MUST be heard.

    • Greene Elizabeth KINGSTON, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      It is important to honour the rights of indigenous peoples. And Prime Minister Stephen Harper should honour his commitment."

    • Peter Mikkelsen RICHLAND, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      Continual support of the corporatocracy in its rapine across the globe will do nothing but ensure that our ONLY planet will become uninhabitable for future generations.


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