MP Saganash calls on the government to pursue an Indigenous rights chapter in NAFTA

Mr. Romeo Saganash (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the indigenous people of Canada, Mexico and the United States did not have much of a say in the initial NAFTA negotiations.

The government made a commitment to include a chapter on the rights of indigenous people in their proposals. The concern, however, is that, in light of the Americans' demands, their fundamental rights will be ignored once again.

Will the government commit to pursuing a chapter on indigenous rights during the NAFTA renegotiations?

Mr. Matt DeCourcey (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lib.) 

Mr. Speaker, the rights of indigenous people need to be respected. That is the government's position.

That is why Canada shared a document concerning a chapter on indigenous people with the United States and Mexico. We continue to work with them on this important issue. Promoting a chapter on indigenous people in a trade agreement is a first for Canada, and we are proud to work in this direction.