CRE’s Policy Forecast is a quarterly roundup of what’s happening in policy – whether that’s […]
CRE’s Policy Forecast is a quarterly 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:
Budget 2021 is released
UNDRIP bill moving to the Senate for study
Media Indigena’s interview with Chief Lady Bird
Budget 2021: On April 19, 2021, the federal government tabled its first budget in two years. The centerpiece of the budget is a $30 billion dollar plan to subsidize child care – meaning that by the end of 2022, parents in every province and territory will be able to secure high-quality early learning and childcare services for $10 a day. This investment includes roughly $2.5 billion over the next five years dedicated to Indigenous-specific early learning and child care facilities and community capacity to deliver those services.
Budget 2021 also includes roughly $18 billion over five years for a range of First Nation, Metis, and Inuit priorities, including $6 billion for infrastructure, $2.2 billion to address the MMIWG Inquiry calls to action, and $1.2 billion for the ongoing pandemic response in Indigenous communities.
Click here to read our full breakdown of Budget 2021 and how it could impact Indigenous youth!
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.
If you want to know what Indigenous communities and organizations have been saying about how UNDRIP will be implemented, you can watch, listen, or read their feedback here.
As part of the study, CRE submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairshighlighting Indigenous youth’s perspectives on UNDRIP implementation in their communities. Read the submission here!
Implementing UNDRIP as Canada’s framework for reconciliation will not reflect the needs and values of Indigenous youth or their communities’ unless it is done in a good way, including making sure communities can roll-out UNDRIP in their own way. (Indigenous Youth Leadership & Implementing UNDRIP – CRE’s Submission to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs)
MEDIA INDIGENA: Check out this conversation with Chief Lady Bird on one of her recent art projects that garnered some controversy, interviewed by co-hosts Rick Harp and Professor Kim Tallbear.
Tools & Resources
Youth & Water: Youth at Six Nations of the Grand River are collaborating with the University of Waterloo on an innovative research project into water monitoring practices. Click here to read the whole story.
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