As a first step, the Government of Canada will be working closely with First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation to better understand their priorities to help shape the initial draft of an action plan and begin to identify potential measures for aligning federal laws with the Declaration.
This legislation affirms the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) as a universal international human rights instrument with application in Canadian law. Ultimately, the Declaration confirms that the collective rights of Indigenous peoples are human rights and the Act provides a framework for the Government of Canada’s implementation of the Declaration.
The Act requires the Government to work in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples to take necessary measures to ensure federal laws are consistent with the Declaration, and to develop an action plan to achieve its objectives. Collaborating with First Nations, Inuit and Métis on an action plan is an opportunity to put in place concrete measures to address injustices, combat prejudice and eliminate all forms of violence, racism and discrimination, including systemic racism and discrimination.
The objective of this funding program is to support consultation and engagement activities to eligible Indigenous peoples and organizations to develop and communicate their priorities for the development of the action plan related to the implementation of the Act. Consultation and engagement with Indigenous peoples aims to be broad and inclusive, and would include: consultation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis rights holders, including modern treaty signatories, self-governing nations and historic treaty partners, as well as with national and regional Indigenous representative organizations. In line with the Act and the Declaration itself, it would also include engagement with Indigenous women, youth, Elders, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQQIA+ persons, as well as urban and other Indigenous organizations and groups.
This first phase will focus on consultation, cooperation and engagement with Indigenous partners, including:
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis rights holders, including modern treaty signatories, self-governing nations and historic treaty partners, as well as with national and regional Indigenous representative organizations
- Indigenous women, Elders, youth, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, urban Indigenous people and other Indigenous organizations and groups
Eligible activities and expenditures
Eligible activities include all activities related to the engagement and capacity related to the identification of measures that will advance the implementation of the Declaration in Canada including, but not limited to:
- Research and advisory services
- Professional Fees (such as but not limited to: research, legal research/advice)
- Convening tables and meetings for engagement
- Logistical fees for in person and/or online meetings
- Travel costs
- The consultation, cooperation and engagement process will be broad, inclusive and distinctions-based.
- Eligible applicants include First Nations, Inuit and Métis rights holders, including modern treaty signatories, self-governing nations and historic treaty partners, as well as national and regional Indigenous representative organizations. Indigenous women’s, youth, Elders’, persons with disabilities’, 2SLGBTQQIA+ persons’ as well as urban and other Indigenous groups and organizations are also included.
For more information, visit https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/declaration/engagement/index.html