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UNDRIP: THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (PART 2 OF 3)

part 1 of this post is here

PART 2: The BC Government Has Not Enshrined UNDRIP Into Law

The B.C. government last year announced, to unanimous applause in the BC Legislature, that it was the first province to enshrine UNDRIP into law. 

But BC’s celebration is premature.  BC’s new law hasn’t actually done that yet.

BC’s new law, the  Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act sets out four items of work to be done in future.  I have not seen anything indicating that any of this future work was completed when the new Act was being celebrated.  This law enshrines nothing, it is really just a to do list. 

“Enshrined” in law means protected by law. To say that this to do list has already made UNDRIP a part of legally enforceable BC law is wrong.

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