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USMCA Makes Progress for Aboriginal and Indigenous Inclusivity

Posted: October 09, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff
Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Human rights, distinguished advisor conference, Aboriginal people, NAFTA, diversity, trade agreement, DAC speakers, United Nations, USMCA, indigineous people, native Canadians, equality, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Senator Mary Jane McCallum

Unfortunately, Senator McCallum has informed us she is unable to attend the Distinguished Advisor Conference this year. Instead we will hear from Dan Collison who will speak to this important topic: YOUR NEW IDEAL CLIENT: How Constructive Listening Helps Engage Culturally Diverse Clients. Check it out and register by October 31!

The USMCA trade deal negotiated last week is being touted the “most inclusive international trade agreement for Indigenous peoples developed to date”. It’s evidence that Canadians are truly ready to rise above their privilege for social justice, and a topic Senator Mary Jane McCallum will discuss at the Distinguished Advisor Conference next month.

USMCA has broken new ground, and highlights why advocating for inclusivity is more important than ever. It contains provisions throughout various sections of the document aimed at protecting the rights of Canada’s indigenous and aboriginal communities when it comes to land development, duty-free exemptions for handmade items, and support for entrepreneurs developing small and medium-sized businesses. Additionally, USMCA explicitly states in one clause that the provisions of this new agreement do not override the fundamental human rights of these communities outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, particularly as they apply to trade and investments.

At a high level, this is a huge step forward. But praising the North American governments for this effort is not enough. That’s where Senator Mary Jane McCallum, a citizen of the Barren Lands First Nations, comes in. During her session, she’ll help you think about your role in engaging aboriginals and other indigenous peoples in a way that ensures a sustainable result in community wealth building by asking you to consider:

  • How can societies respond to the opportunities and challenges raised by historical, political, social, racial and cultural differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples? 
  • More importantly, how can they do so while promoting democracy, social justice, peace, and stability?

As citizens in Canada who have been denied the inherent right to self-determination and self-government through laws, policies, and the Canadian Constitution, Indigenous Peoples are becoming more active in the role they play within Canada. This includes their traditional role in stewardship of the land and resources. “The focus now needs to shift to how this active role can aid in achieving a greater social cohesion and comradery between all Canadians”, says Senator McCallum.

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