Friday, February 24, 2017

Prime Minister announces Working Group of Ministers on the Review of Laws and Policies Related to Indigenous Peoples

Ottawa, Ontario
February 22, 2017
   As part of the government’s commitment to a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the review of laws and policies related to Indigenous Peoples.
   The Working Group of Ministers responsible for the review will examine relevant federal laws, policies, and operational practices to help ensure the Crown is meeting its constitutional obligations with respect to Aboriginal and treaty rights; adhering to international human rights standards, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
   The Working Group will work with Indigenous leaders, youth, and experts on various legal and policy questions relating to Indigenous Peoples. 
   The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, will chair the Working Group, which will comprise six ministers who have significant responsibilities for the relevant statutes and policies to be reviewed...

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