Minister Bennett provides an update on the engagement

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The Honourable Carolyn Bennett:
The Prime Minister announced that the government is launching a major reform of its laws, policies and operational practices to ensure the recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights. This is fundamental to advancing the vital work of reconciliation.

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The Honourable Carolyn Bennett
"Treaties are sacred, not simply contracts." – First Nations youth, Saskatoon, March 2018
"Language and education are both very important to us. But if we can't feed our families that will be my priority." – Inuit leader, Iqaluit, April 2018
"Language is so important to maintain culture; it is the core." – Métis leader, Winnipeg, March 2018

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To truly renew the relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples, the Government of Canada put forward the recognition and implementation of rights as the basis for all relations between Indigenous peoples and the federal government. The Government of Canada commits to develop, in full partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, a Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework.

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Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett:
Reconciliation calls for all of us to commit to charting a proud, more inclusive future. We must work together to ensure that Indigenous rights are recognized, and that Indigenous people are supported in the exercise of those rights.

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To determine the contents of the framework, a national engagement with rights holders is underway led by the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations. Since the Prime Minister's announcement, over 100 sessions were held involving more than 1,600 indigenous participants including women, youth and elders.

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National Engagement

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What we heard was that the three main purposes of the legal framework include:

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Over 100 sessions
Over 1,600 participants (including women, youth and elders)

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett:
We will need to renew our relationships in order to restore the historical partnerships that are fundamental to the growth and prosperity of this country.
We are writing our future together. And it must be written with a better, more complete, understanding and appreciation of the Indigenous experience in Canada.
We want to know what reconciliation means to you.
We want to know what you think about Indigenous Nation rebuilding.
We want to know what you think about rights recognition, and what that means in a day-to-day context for communities.

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The Honourable Carolyn Bennett:
We look forward to hearing your thoughts, and encourage you to share your views.

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Want to find out more?
http://www.canada.ca/indigenous-rights

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