Achieving the Objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (IRA1-E23)

Product code: IRA1-E23


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2 hours



All public servants at all levels



As part of the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (UN Declaration Act), an Action Plan to achieve the objectives of the UN Declaration Act was released on June 21, 2023. The Action Plan includes 181 important measures that Canada and Indigenous Peoples will take together to further advance reconciliation in a tangible way.

This event provides an overview of the Action Plan and the priorities outlined within it. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis speakers will share their experiences with the development of the Action Plan, as well as ways to further build on these efforts during the implementation phase.

Participants will learn how they can support successful, whole-of-government implementation of the UN Declaration Act and the Action Plan over the next five years.

This event is presented in partnership with Justice Canada.


  • Elder Verna McGregor, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation
  • Keith Smith, Thessalon First Nation, Director General, UN Declaration Act Implementation Secretariat, Indigenous Rights and Relations Portfolio, Justice Canada
  • Merle Alexander, Tsimshian-Heiltsuk Nation, Kitasso Xai’xais First Nation, KC | Principal, Miller Titerle + Company
  • Megan Lewis, Mixed Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) Woman and Member of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Director, Centre for Indigenous Policy and Research, Indigenous Youth Roots
  • Jason Madden, LLB, Métis and a descendant of the ‘Halfbreeds of Rainy River and Rainy Lake’ Co-managing partner of Pape Salter Teillet LLP
  • Itoah Scott-Ens, Tłįchǫ Nation, Director, Department of Planning and Partnerships, Tłįchǫ Government


  •  Valerie Gideon, Mi'kmaq Nation of Gesgapegiag, Associate Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada
Date modified: 2023-09-05