Truth and Reconciliation chair urges Canada to adopt UN declaration on Indigenous People

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:09 GMT, Jun 2, 2015 |

Truth and Reconciliation Commission chair Murray Sinclair says his panel’s much-anticipated final report today (Tuesday) will recommend that the Canadian government implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

In an interview yesterday, Sinclair said the UN’s declaration is the starting point for reconciliation.

The UN declaration outlines the minimum human rights standards for indigenous people around the world and their rights to self-determination.

Canada didn’t sign the document when it was accepted by the UN in 2007, but Sinclair says the federal government has since supported it.

“They did adopt it as an aspirational document, and that’s their words. And we agree with that,” he said. “It should be an aspirational document. So what we’re saying to them is, ‘Aspire to it.'”