USW endorses bill to adopt and implement UNDRIP

July 6, 2016

Via email: Romeo.Saganash@parl.gc.ca

Mr. Romeo Saganash MP for Abitibi – Baie James – Nunavik - Eeyou
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Re: Bill C-262: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act

Brother Saganash,

I am writing to offer the United Steelworkers’ support for your private-member’s bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

At our union’s 2016 National Policy Conference, delegates discussed and approved policies and action items calling on USW to play an active role in improving living and working conditions for Aboriginal peoples in Canada. The United Steelworkers recognize Canada’s shameful history in dealing with Aboriginal peoples and the abuse suffered by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. As a union we must and will be part of processes of reconciliation and healing.

In my statement for National Aboriginal Day 2016, I announce that USW supports and endorses the final report and calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Given the TRC’s emphasis on UNDRIP’s foundational role, it is consistent and important that our union also support the Declaration’s full adoption and implementation. We will also encourage union members to sign your petition and become more knowledgeable about the Declaration.
Thank you for your hard work on this matter.

In solidarity,

Ken Neumann
USW National Director

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