Indigenous lawyer Danika Littlechild doesn’t believe the SDGs are compatible with reconciliation. Here’s why.
Successfully achieving the SDGs may be at odds with the spirit of nation-to-nation reconciliation and Indigenous self-empowerment. And without the consent of Indigenous peoples, the federal government would have a difficult time implementing a robust and credible sustainability agenda of any sort.
Transparency and localization: How social impact organizations can keep Canada on track to implement the SDGs
No legal accountability measures exist within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ensure Canada follows through on implementing the SDGs. Civil society’s priorities around human development, gender equality, and climate action could guard against shifting government priorities.
National and regional governments will do much of the heavy lifting, but even the United Nations acknowledges that civil society organizations will be instrumental to achieving the SDGs. Every aspect of Canadian society will need to get involved.