CBC reports that Canada will remove its permanent objector status to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The declaration — first adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007 — recognizes Indigenous people’s basic human rights, as well as rights to self-determination, language, equality and land, among others. Australia, the United States, New Zealand, and Canada opposed the declaration when it was adopted in 2007. Australia, New Zealand and the United States have changed their position in 2009 and 2010.

“We are fully adopting this and working to implement it within the laws of Canada, which is our charter,” Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs said on May 9 2016.

More information can be found via the following links: CBC Radio Canada International

The text of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can be consulted via this link: UN DRIPS