Where does Canada sit 10 years after the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?

How do these two paragraphs for Indigenous People and children in care differ? I find them condescending to both groups with limited opportunity for either to exercise their rights. This is not my Canada where we advocate internationally for human rights. Based on this, I don’t see any progress. Click here to read the full article or an excerpt below.

 

“Informed consent means that you are given the supports and resources to be fully at the table to express your point of view,” said Feehan. “It doesn’t mean that you will always get your way. What it means, though, is that you’re truly a participant.”

 

MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION OF
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
IN CHILD PROTECTION MEDIATION

Source: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/public-safety/legal-help/child-protection-mediation/cyp_guidelines_2015.pdf

Many children or youth may not want full decision-making responsibility, but they do wish to be a part of the process and have their views heard and considered in the process;
• Children and youth need to understand that they are not the ultimate decision-maker and will not always get exactly what they are requesting. This way their expectations may be managed. The final decision needs to be explained to children or youth in a way they can understand, and how their input was considered in the process and influenced the decision made;
• The views of the child or youth can and should carry more weight as they get older, as their level of maturity changes with age and development. Their level of input should be in line with their evolving capacity to consider options and make decisions.

 

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