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The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs wishes to congratulate the Chiefs of British Columbia and the BC provincial government on tabling legislation to legally implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba_The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs wishes to congratulate the Chiefs of British Columbia and the BC provincial government on tabling legislation to legally implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Grand Chief Dumas stated “The legislation is meant to provide a framework for the province to align its laws with the standards of the UN declaration — something First Nation people have long been advocating for in B.C. and across the country. We are happy for those that are being recognized in their traditional territories and raising the standards of living for their people”.

The province introduced a bill that will ensure all provincial laws are aligned with the declaration (referred to in shorthand as UNDRIP), which will require Indigenous Peoples are included in all decision-making that impacts their rights.

The declaration also requires “due recognition to indigenous peoples’ laws, traditions, customs and land tenure systems,” which would therefore legally require the province to recognize First Nation legal systems that have been long ignored.

Grand Chief Dumas went on to say, “This legislation has been discussed among First Nation leaders as a way to improve government-to-government relations. I would like an opportunity with our Manitoba government to have a similar discussion”.

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For more information, please contact:
Andrew Thunder
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Email: athunder@manitobachiefs.com
Phone: (204) 987-4139

About the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
The AMC was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba. AMC is an authorized representative of 62 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba with a total of more than 151,000 First Nation citizens in the province, accounting for approximately 12 per cent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho / Ininew (Cree), Anishininew (Ojibwe-Cree), Denesuline (Dene) and Dakota Oyate (Dakota) people.

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