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Canada’s Emerging Indigenous Right’s Framework: A Critical Analysis

In February 2018, Trudeau announced the development of a new and transformational Indigenous Rights, Recognition and Implementation Framework. This report, by the Yellowhead Institute finds that the Rights Framework expresses a clear and coherent set of goals, which revolve around domesticating Indigenous self-determination within Canadian Confederation. These goals have been ordered into legislation and policy in a manner that guides First Nations towards a narrow model of “self-government” outside of the Indian Act. The report is divided into three sections:

Part 1: Relationship Reform
Changes to the machinery of government to facilitate the new relationship

Part 2: Policy Reform
Existing and emerging policy on “reconstituting nations”

Part 3: Legislative Reform
Pending legislative reform and the “pre-conditions” for Indigenous Rights

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