UNDRIP was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007. The Declaration is an international instrument that recognizes the human rights of Indigenous peoples. UNDRIP expands pre-existing human rights instruments to emphasize and protect specifically the rights of Indigenous peoples.
Canada endorsed UNDRIP until 2010 and has passed legislation to implement the Declaration: UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, 2021. The Act requires the Government of Canada to ensure, in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples, that all laws are consistent with UNDRIP and that Canada prepare and implement an action plan to implement the objectives of UNDRIP.
For the Métis Nation, the Act guarantees that Canadian law will be consistent with Métis rights and the action plan required under the Act holds promise to advance Métis interests, combat injustice and further Métis well-being. Canada has worked with Métis governments and MNC to draft many of the measures of the Action Plan, which was tabled in Parliament in 2023. Canada will be held accountable to implement its commitments under the Action Plan.
The Métis Nation will work with Canada on implementation of the measures contained in the Action Plan toward advancing reconciliation.