You’d think they could come up with a better acronym, yes?
This week, Andrew Roman posted his three-part analysis of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It’s in his usual vein: informed, analytical, and unemotional. I recommend it for when you have a few minutes. Here’s the lead-in.
In these three posts I will make three points:
- Contrary to popular misconception, UNDRIP does not give Canadian indigenous peoples a veto over government approval of pipeline or other resource projects;
- The BC government’s claim to be the first province to have enshrined UNDRIP into BC law is premature, as it has not done that; and
- UNDRIP should not be enshrined into Canadian federal or provincial law because that would do more harm than good to First Nations (FNs) and to Canadians generally.