CRE’s Policy Forecast is a monthly roundup of what’s happening in policy – whether that’s at the grassroots or parliamentary level – and how it could impact you, your community, your politics, and your activism.
Highlights from this issue include:
Implementing UNDRIP is under the microscope at the House of Commons,
The COVID-19 vaccine campaign ramps up in Indigenous communities,
A new bill to hold the government accountable for environmental racism.
The Bill mandates that the Government of Canada must bring Canada’s laws in alignment with UNDRIP and that an action plan must be developed to achieve the goals of the Declaration – all of which must be done in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples and within three years from when the bill becomes law. The bill would also allow for a federal minister to be appointed to coordinate and oversee all of this work.
At Committee: In the House of Commons this month, the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans is continuing its study on implementing Mi’kmaq treaty fishing rights to support a moderate livelihood. Click here to read the briefs and listen to what witnesses are recommending to the government.
Fighting Environmental Racism: Nova Scotia MP Lenore Zann introduced a bill this week that would require the federal government to collect statistics on the location of environmental hazards across Canada (such as pipelines, chemical plants, mines, etc.) and the connections to race, socioeconomic status, and health outcomes. Read about environmental racism and how it has impacted communities like Aamjiwnaang First Nation, here. On March 24, the bill was referred to the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development – stay tuned for opportunities to contribute to the study!
Content warning: racism, violence, police
Criminal Justice System: The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) is an independent agency that reviews the way that the RCMP conducts investigations and interacts with the public. Last week, the Commission released a report concluding that the RCMP’s treatment of Colten Boushie’s mother, Debbie Batiste, constitutes discrimination. You can read more about the report’s findings here, and read more about findings at each stage of the complaint process at the CRCC’s website.
COVID-19: As of March 23, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is reporting that 610 First Nations and/or Inuit communities have vaccinations underway.
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