UNDRIP

Webinar: Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act

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On April 22, 2020 the Investor Alliance for Human Rights and NEI Investments hosted a webinar in support of the B.C. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.

Listen to the webinar here.

Our speakers led a discussion on a global precedent regarding the legislative implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

British Columbia’s new Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act seeks to align all of the Canadian province’s laws, from forestry extraction to oil and gas development, with UNDRIP. 

This is a highly significant development in global efforts to implement UNDRIP. It provides Indigenous Peoples, businesses and local governments with better tools to build a robust and sustainable economy that respects the fundamental rights of indigenous peoples. However, its success depends on public support for this agenda from both investors and companies. 

As a result, the webinar detailed what the legislation entails, its national and global significance, and what investors can do to ensure its success.

We had the pleasure of having with us:

  • Merle Alexander, one of B.C.’s most respected indigenous lawyers and a co-drafter of the new legislation will share what the Act does and does not mean for business and investment in B.C. 
  • Joan Carlingaward-winning indigenous rights activist and environmental defender from the Philippines who will outline the importance of the legislation from a global perspective.