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Proposed Indigenous acknowledgement’s legality questioned – Sarnia Observer

September 9, 2019

A traditional territory acknowledgement in the works for Sarnia city council could see members make a personal pledge as part of the attestation.

But the acknowledgement – likely the first of its kind asking for a personal commitment from council members, said officials with Sarnia’s United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) working group – is getting another look before it comes to council for debate.

The declaration, acknowledging the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek of the Three Fires Confederacy, notes council has resolved to locally implement UNDRIP – including attestation of the rights of Indigenous people to foster their own languages, cultures and communities while also having equitable access to things like health care, education and jobs – and calls for councillors to make a personal commitment to advance those goals.

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