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10th Anniversary of Historic Declaration of Indigenous Rights

Today marks 10 years since the creation of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous peoples.

The Declaration created a framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous peoples worldwide.

The NWT became the first Canadian jurisdiction to support the Declaration in 2008.

The federal government became a full supporter of the Declaration in May 2016.

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada recommended that all levels of government use the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation.

The NWt Human Rights Commission released a statement, calling today a historic milestone that serves as a reminder that much remains to be done to close the gap between the formal recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples and effective policies to implement those rights.

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