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Nov 12, 2010, Canada Endorses The UN Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples ! The USA ????

GREAT NEWS! Finally today, Canada endorses the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples... Hoping this symbolic gesture will lead towards real actions and concrete results...

BONNE NOUVELLE! Finalement aujourd'hui, le Canada endosse la Déclaration sur les Droits des Peuples Indigenes de l'ONU... Espérons que ce... geste symbolique menera vers des actions véritables et des résultats concrets...

BUENA NOTICIA! Al final hoy, Canada firma la Declarcion sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indigenas de la ONU... Esperando que este paso simbolico llevara hacia acciones verdaderas y resultos concretos...

Department of Indian Affairs-Canada

Canada's Statement of Support on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Today, Canada joins other countries in supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In doing so, Canada reaffirms its commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of Indigenous peoples at home and abroad.

The Government of Canada would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal men and women who played an important role in the development of this Declaration.

The Declaration is an aspirational document which speaks to the individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples, taking into account their specific cultural, social and economic circumstances.

Although the Declaration is a non-legally binding document that does not reflect customary international law nor change Canadian laws, our endorsement gives us the opportunity to reiterate our commitment to continue working in partnership with Aboriginal peoples in creating a better Canada.

Under this government, there has been a shift in Canada's relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, exemplified by the Prime Minister's historic apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools, the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the apology for relocation of Inuit families to the High Arctic and the honouring of Métis veterans at Juno Beach.

These events charted a new path for this country as a whole, one marked by hope and reconciliation and focused on cherishing the richness and depth of diverse Aboriginal cultures.

Canada continues to make exemplary progress and build on its positive relationship with Aboriginal peoples throughout the country, a relationship based on good faith, partnership and mutual respect.

The Government's vision is a future in which Aboriginal families and communities are healthy, safe, self-sufficient and prosperous within a Canada where people make their own decisions, manage their own affairs and make strong contributions to the country as a whole.

The Government has shown strong leadership by protecting the rights of Aboriginal people in Canada. The amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act, the proposed Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act and the proposed legislation concerning matrimonial real property rights on reserve are just a few recent examples.

This government has also taken concrete and viable actions in important areas such as education, skills development, economic development, employment, health care, housing and access to safe drinking water. These are part of a continuing agenda focused on real results with willing and able partners.

At the international level Canada has been a strong voice for the protection of human rights. Canada is party to numerous United Nations human rights conventions which give expression to this commitment.

Canada has a constructive and far-reaching international development program that helps to improve the situation of Indigenous peoples in many parts of the world. Canada's active involvement abroad, coupled with its productive partnership with Aboriginal Canadians, is having a real impact in advancing indigenous rights and freedoms, at home and abroad.

In 2007, at the time of the vote during the United Nations General Assembly, and since, Canada placed on record its concerns with various provisions of the Declaration, including provisions dealing with lands, territories and resources; free, prior and informed consent when used as a veto; self-government without recognition of the importance of negotiations; intellectual property; military issues; and the need to achieve an appropriate balance between the rights and obligations of Indigenous peoples, States and third parties. These concerns are well known and remain. However, we have since listened to Aboriginal leaders who have urged Canada to endorse the Declaration and we have also learned from the experience of other countries. We are now confident that Canada can interpret the principles expressed in the Declaration in a manner that is consistent with our Constitution and legal framework.

Aboriginal and treaty rights are protected in Canada through a unique framework. These rights are enshrined in our Constitution, including our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and are complemented by practical policies that adapt to our evolving reality. This framework will continue to be the cornerstone of our efforts to promote and protect the rights of Aboriginal Canadians.

The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games were a defining moment for Canada. The Games instilled a tremendous sense of pride in being Canadian and highlighted to the world the extent to which Aboriginal peoples and their cultures contribute to Canada's uniqueness as a nation. The unprecedented involvement of the Four Host First Nations and Aboriginal peoples from across the nation set a benchmark for how we can work together to achieve great success.

In endorsing the Declaration, Canada reaffirms its commitment to build on a positive and productive relationship with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples to improve the well-being of Aboriginal Canadians, based on our shared history, respect, and a desire to move forward together.

November 12, 2010

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Comment by Stephen Bamford on November 16, 2010 at 3:33pm
I took the liberty of finding the text of this document and here it is. It is directly from the UN web site.

It may be found at this link:
Comment by Stephen Bamford on November 14, 2010 at 5:07pm
Thank you for sharing this information. I did not know the U.S. has not stepped up to honor this work and the people. As a U. S. citizen I plan to contact my senators and representatives and the president to ask them to support this work. I have also sent out a notice to the people I correspond with regularly to do this. While this is a small thing I can do, perhaps the momentum of the spirit of this can achieve this long overdue endorsement. If others can also do this sort of thing, I think the people will benefit.
Comment by Ervene Boyd on November 14, 2010 at 11:42am
Good to hear!:). I continue to pray that I live to see the day when all peoples respect that which we are ALL BORN to be..FREE and with EQUAL RIGHTS...I continue to be amazed that it has to be governed! To respect each other!! seems natural...and not doing it...unnatural...and always has...historically ...a sad state of affiairs..
Comment by Phil Lane Jr. on November 13, 2010 at 11:14am
This is another clear sign that the Sacred Prophecies regarding the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas are unfolding with ever-increasing strength, as promised!
Comment by Susan George on November 13, 2010 at 11:07am
Great news!!! Come on U.S.A.!!!!!
Comment by Jane Grover on November 13, 2010 at 9:34am
Phil, thanks for this posting. Some good accomplishments this year in relation to Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which was finally renewed and doesn't need to be renewed again It is now permanent. But I'm pretty sure the US has not signed this Declaration. Travel well, Jane
Comment by Carmen Funcia on November 13, 2010 at 8:43am
Comment by Michelle Morning Star Doherty on November 13, 2010 at 8:02am
Could our collective prayers for consciousness have had an affect on the federal government of Canada? I'm starting to wonder - last week they stopped the destruction of the Tsilhquot'in people's sacred lands in BC by refusing mining operations, quashed the hostile takeover attempt by a foreign company of Saskatchewan's Potash Corp. and now they are signing of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples!! I am so happy and grateful for the decisions made over the past couple of weeks!
Comment by Douglas Ou-ee-ii-jay-ii Jack on November 13, 2010 at 7:58am
This signing of the UN Declaration is a good step. When one looks at the declaration and the article above, they are composed from the point of view of deficits, or tragedy of history. Much of the population has been educated to believe it is an inevitable tragedy.of 'progress'.
Few understand that we all originally 'indigenous' (Latin = 'self-generating' or 'generating from within') peoples from everyplace on earth, with a long history of at least hundreds of thousands of years. Few have looked at Indigenous Knowledge as a systematic sustainable approach to living on earth with remarkable similarities everywhere. Most of these similarities are unlikely given probabilities in supposed states of isolation or ignorance.
Please visit Indigene Community for a look at humanity's sustainable indigenous heritage. Consider joining with Indigene Community or other groups if you would like to add knowledge your heritage for a comprehensive past, present and future. Our human strength is living with knowledge of nature, relations and peace.
Comment by Velma L. Houser on November 13, 2010 at 5:55am
What a wonderful step forward for all of Creation.

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