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Stay the course’: Lawyer urges N.W.T. MLAs to focus on land claims instead of UN declaration – CBC

Apr 15, 2021

Principles pushed in declaration on Indigenous rights already being pursued in claims, lawyer says

A lawyer specialized in Indigenous law urged Northwest Territories MLAs to keep focus on implementing land claim and self-government agreements instead of turning their focus to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Nuri Frame works for a Toronto-based law firm that is helping implement the Tłı̨chǫ Land Claim and Self-Government Agreement. He addressed the legislature’s special committee on reconciliation and Indigenous affairs on Wednesday.

Frame told the MLAs that agreements that have already been struck in the N.W.T. with the Inuvialuit, Tłı̨chǫ, Gwich’in and Sahtu, as well as those that are still in negotiation, have the same goal as the United Nations declaration, also known as UNDRIP.

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