In 2007 the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the General Assembly. If the Declaration is effectively implemented by UN States, it would result in significant improvements to the lives of the globe’s over 370 million Indigenous peoples who are often among the most impoverished and victimized peoples in the world. Unfortunately Canada was one of four nations that voted against passing the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007.
Finally in November 2010, after international pressure to do so, Canada endorsed this document. Now Canada needs to put actions to its words and work for positive change to address outstanding treaty obligations and violations. Actions speak louder than endorsements.