After closing on Thursday of the Assembly of First Nations yearly December conference In Ottawa relating to Indigenous rights recognition framework, Jody Wilson-Raybould, a previous federal justice minister and AFN local chief, was honored by First Nations leaders throughout an event that saw her called a hero, a path breaker and an icon.
Wilson-Raybould, who was tossed out of the Liberal caucus over the SNC-Lavalin affair, kept her Vancouver-Granville seat throughout the last federal election running as an Independent.
Speaking after the event, Wilson-Raybould started promoting an Indigenous rights recognition framework, together with legislated emissions targets to eliminate environment modification, were 2 of her primary top priorities as she takes her seat as an Independent MP.
She stated that she” supported the Liberal speech guarantee to pass legislation on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)”.
The statement sets out minimum requirements for how nations handle Indigenous Peoples.
Nevertheless, she also claimed that it was inadequate. She then said the brand-new legislation was required to alter policies and laws that appreciate and honor Indigenous rights and permit First Nations to reconstruct or build their federal governments beyond the Indian Act.
” Saying you must make the laws constant with UNDRIP” stated Wilson-Raybould.
” Laws and policies need to be changed and I am confident that it will occur through a rights and acknowledgment structure.”
The Justin Trudeau federal government, while Wilson-Raybould was acting as justice minister, tried to establish an Indigenous rights recognition framework, to preserve area 35 civil liberties in federal legislation.
The file was led by Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, however, it eventually failed after dealing with opposition from First Nations leaders who stated that the “department authorities weren’t listening to their consideration “as they established the structure.
The problem likewise developed a policy stand-off between Bennett and Wilson-Raybould which attracted the prime minister.
The seeds of the SNC-Lavalin affair – which eventually caused Wilson-Raybould’s expulsion from the Liberal caucus – were planted as the proposed structure was beginning to tumble back to square one.