Renewing the relationship
The UN Declaration is an international instrument adopted by the UN in September 2007 to enshrine rights that “constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world.”
The intention of Alberta’s implementation of the principles of the UN Declaration is to renew our relationship with Indigenous communities so that First Nations, Métis and Inuit have every opportunity to participate in all aspects of Alberta society, while maintaining their cultures and unique identities.
We believe that addressing the concerns, aspirations and priorities of Indigenous peoples in Alberta is integral to strong and vibrant communities fully participating in all matters that concern them.
A renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples benefits all Albertans. We have already taken action by:
- apologizing to residential school survivors and their families
- committing to mandatory Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum content on the history of residential schools and treaties
- apologizing to Sixties Scoop survivors and their families
- supporting the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- introducing legislation to start up the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation as a way to improve economic outcomes for more Indigenous people
- declaring Orange Shirt Day and Sisters in spirit Day to acknowledge and raise awareness about the harms inflicted upon Indigenous people
- renewing the protocol agreement with the Blackfoot Confederacy
Alberta is also engaging with Indigenous leaders and representative groups to explore how best to implement the UN Declaration principles in a way that is consistent with the Canadian Constitution and Alberta law. It is important to work together to ensure:
- Indigenous constitutional rights and First Nations Treaty rights are respected
- air, land and water is protected
- Indigenous peoples can build more prosperous, self-reliant and culturally strong communities
We are at an early stage in this continuing dialogue with Indigenous peoples and communities about implementing the principles of the UN Declaration in Alberta. It will take time as we take each step together.
To connect with Indigenous Relations:
Address for mail/courier:
19th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4G8