December 22, 2009
As part of Ontario's continued efforts to enhance cooperation, and to build strong relationships with Aboriginal people based on mutual respect, Premier Dalton McGuinty has asked the Government of Canada to reconsider its position on the United Nations' Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.¬
Ontario supports a review of Canada's position on the Declaration as a means to demonstrate its commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal people throughout Canada. Reconsideration of the Declaration would demonstrate Canada's willingness to foster an open dialogue to improve the lives of Aboriginal peoples.
"Ontario is taking meaningful steps to strengthen our partnership with Aboriginal people so that, together, we can improve the quality of life in First Nations, Inuit and M√©tis communities and strengthen our province. A change in Canada's international position on the rights of indigenous peoples would enhance these efforts by setting a new tone that will lead to a deeper and more productive relationship with Aboriginal people. "
Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario
"Reconsideration of Canada's support for the Declaration would signal Canada's commitment to an open and constructive relationship with Aboriginal peoples. As Ontario's Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, I know that Aboriginal people in this province view the Declaration as a meaningful foundation for making progress together."
The Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
"The fundamental principle embodied in the Declaration is the enhancement of harmonious and cooperative relations between Indigenous Peoples and the States in which they exist based on principles of justice, democracy, respect for human rights, non-discrimination and good faith. Canada needs to embrace this principle as the next step from the apology. Premier McGuinty and his government are to be commended for showing leadership and encouraging the need for reconciliation and fair and harmonious relations as the path forward."
Angus Toulouse, Regional Chief for Ontario, Assembly of First Nations