Systemic discrimination can only be addressed through systemic change. For the Assembly of First Nations, implementation of the UN Declaration is key to closing the gap in quality of life and access to basic services between First Nations and all Canadians. The affirmation of our fundamental human rights, and the commitment to end racism and discrimination, is the foundation for holding systems and institutions accountable.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and many others have all called for full implementation of the UN Declaration as a necessary measure to heal the wounds of racism, discrimination, and injustice
Canada must act to bring its laws, policies and operational practices into conformity with the minimum standards of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. These standards are part of international human rights law and Canada is obliged to meet them. Canada must finally be a human rights leader at home.