Original language of petition: English
The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2007 after many years of negotiations in which Canada participated actively, along with representatives of Indigenous peoples from Canada and around the globe. The Declaration is the product of almost 25 years of deliberation by UN member states and Indigenous groups. As a comprehensive statement that describes the individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples, the UN Declaration outlines the minimum standards essential for the cultural survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous peoples around the world (Article 43) but does not prescribe how States ought to implement those rights. The provisions cover a range of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights and generally reflects Canada’s existing international human rights commitments. It does not create or grant new rights.
On May 10, 2016, the Government announced its full support of the UN Declaration and committed to implementing it in accordance with the Canadian constitution. Since then, the federal government has taken a number of steps that contribute to the implementation of the UN Declaration including:
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||27|
|Prince Edward Island||6|