Evelyn Arce
Evelyn Arce campaign leader

Canada Endorses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Dear IFIP Friends,

The US government is now the only country that has opposed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) three years ago.
Three countries, Australia, New Zealand and now Canada have all formally endorsed the UNDRIP. The good news is that the US government is currently reviewing its decision.

The declaration received overwhelming support from U.N. member countries when it went before the General Assembly in 2007, with 144 states voting in favour and only those four – notable because of their historical mistreatment of indigenous populations – voting against. Another 11 countries abstained, though two of those, Colombia and Samoa, have since endorsed it. See articles below.

To send your comments and endorsement to the US federal and state agencies email [email protected] and check out http://www.state.gov/s/tribalconsultation/declaration/

The time is now to have the United States endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Thanks for your support!


Canada Endorses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - The Government of Canada today formally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in a manner fully consistent with Canada's Constitution and laws. Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. John McNee, met with the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Joseph Deiss, to advise him of Canada's official endorsement of the United Nations Declaration.
"We understand and respect the importance of this United Nations Declaration to Indigenous peoples in Canada and worldwide," said the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians. "Canada has endorsed the Declaration to further reconcile and strengthen our relationship with Aboriginal peoples in Canada."
"Canada is committed to promoting and protecting the rights of Indigenous peoples," said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs. "Canada's active involvement abroad, coupled with its productive partnership with Aboriginal Canadians, is having a real impact in advancing indigenous rights at home and abroad."
The United Nations Declaration describes the individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples. It sets out a number of principles that should guide harmonious and cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and States, such as equality, partnership, good faith and mutual respect. Canada strongly supports these principles and believes that they are consistent with the Government's approach to working with Aboriginal peoples. While the Declaration is not legally binding, endorsing it as an important aspirational document is a significant step forward in strengthening relations with Aboriginal peoples.
"Canada's Aboriginal leadership has spoken with passion on the importance of endorsing the Declaration. Today's announcement represents another important milestone on the road to respect and co-operation," added Minister Duncan.
Canada's endorsement builds upon numerous other government initiatives for Aboriginal peoples on education, economic development, housing, child and family services, access to safe drinking water, and the extension of human rights protection and matrimonial real property protection to First Nations on reserve.
Please also see:
Canada's Statement of Support (http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ap/ia/dcl/stmt-eng.asp)
The Backgrounder (http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ai/mr/nr/s-d2010/23429bk-eng.asp)
Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ap/ia/dcl/faq-eng.asp)

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