At a news conference in Ottawa, federal ministers and Indigenous leaders discuss Bill C-15, the federal government’s legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Canada. Ministers David Lametti (justice) and Carolyn Bennett (Crown–Indigenous relations) are joined by Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed, Métis National Council spokesperson David Chartrand, as well as Chief Wilton Littlechild, a former member of Parliament and former commissioner for Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The government’s legislation is modelled on a private members’ bill (C-262) that was introduced by former NDP MP Romeo Saganash in 2016. That bill was passed by the House of Commons in 2018, but it was stalled in the Senate due to concerns raised by some Conservative senators. The bill ultimately died when the Senate did not pass it before Parliament was dissolved for the 2019 federal election. The Liberals promised to introduce a UNDRIP implementation bill if they were re-elected. (no interpretation)