Question is as follows:
Do you support adopting and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into territorial law and modern treaties?
Answer: As a member of the 18th Assembly I made advancing land rights and self-government agreements a high priority of mine and I continually pressed our government to move forward with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action. Going forward I will continue to build, collaborate and foster government-to-government relationships with all Indigenous governments, and if re-elected, I will commit to making the negotiating and implementing of land, resources, and self-government agreements that respect, promote and protect the rights and freedoms of Indigenous peoples in our territory the highest priority of the 19th Assembly.
The GNWT must continue to work with the Federal Government and Indigenous governments to further the promotion and protection of Treaty rights, particularly given Canada’s recent announcements regarding federal principles and their working group of Ministers on Indigenous laws and policies. Let’s not forget, the GNWT has been on a path towards reconciliation long before Canada removed their objections to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The Federal Government has spoken to three pathways towards reconciliation, and I whole heartedly support the spirit of these, which include the recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples, honouring treaties, and implementing the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Federal Government has also stated that they will engage with Indigenous governments on how to implement the principles of UNDRIP and that this work will include the provinces and territories. I encourage this approach, and if re-elected I will seek support from the 19th Assembly to fully support this collaborative approach.