OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will create a legal framework to guarantee the rights of indigenous people in a bid to head off court battles and advance Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise of reconciliation, a government source said on Wednesday.
Trudeau, who has pledged to repair the relationship between the government and Canada’s aboriginal people, said it is time to take a “rights-based approach” to decision-making in partnership with indigenous peoples.
Constitution - Space - Rights - Decades - Job
“We have a constitution that created a space for indigenous rights, but over the past decades we haven’t done a very good job of putting those rights at the forefront of all our decision-making and all our engagement with them,” Trudeau told reporters outside parliament.
Trudeau is set to deliver a speech on “the recognition and implementation of indigenous rights,” on Wednesday afternoon. The prime minister did not elaborate on the government’s plans.
Treaty - Rights - Aboriginals - Canada - Charter
While treaty rights with aboriginals are already recognized under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the new legal framework would ensure the constitution is the starting point for such matters as resource development, self-governance,...
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