NDP urges Commons to affirm support for Indigenous rights amid pipeline tension

OTTAWA —The NDP is urging the House of Commons to reaffirm its support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples _ which requires Indigenous consent for projects such as the Trans Mountain pipeline.

A party motion asks the House to repeat its support for the declaration, including an article which guarantees free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting Indigenous lands and resources.

Romeo Saganash, the NDP critic for reconciliation, introduced the motion today, less than a week after the House passed his private member’s bill, which would require that Canadian laws conform to the declaration.

The motion also asks the House to acknowledge that advancing reconciliation through a nation-to-nation approach means respecting the right to self-determination of Indigenous Peoples and their institutions, including those which say the pipeline does not have the required consent.

Saganash says reconciliation means recognizing the need for Indigenous Peoples’ consent.

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