Reconciliation and the 2030 Agenda

13 September, 2019
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Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda will support reconciliation, establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in this country. All 17 SDGs are relevant to Indigenous peoples and directly linked to the human rights commitments outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the calls for justice arising from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The SDGs’ foundation in human rights principles and their connections to the UNDRIP can provide a common language to facilitate conversations among Canada’s diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and non-Indigenous people.

The overall focus of the 2030 Agenda on human rights principles and standards, leaving no one behind and reducing inequalities is of particular relevance to Indigenous peoples who are frequently at a disadvantage compared to other segments of the population. Upholding their rights is an absolute imperative if Canada is to achieve the goals in the 2030 Agenda.


  • Implement the 2030 Agenda with full regard for the rights of Indigenous peoples by protecting and promoting these rights, as reflected in the 10 Principles of Reconciliation, the TRC’s calls to action, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ calls to justice and the UNDRIP.
  • Consult with National Indigenous Organizations and Indigenous communities to ensure that the 2030 Agenda is implemented collaboratively and in ways that respect the rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis to self-determination, and support participation in implementation and review processes.
  • Raise awareness about Indigenous ways of knowing among all Canadians.
  • Support the development of resources that connect the past, present and future experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.
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