Canada Becomes a Full Supporter of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

(May 10, 2016) – Canada is now a full supporter, without qualification, of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. On May 10, 2016 the Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Canada’s Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs made the announcement at the 15th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) underway in New York, NY.

At the same time she reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to adopt and implement the Declaration in accordance with the Canadian Constitution.

“Today’s announcement that Canada is now a full supporter of the Declaration, without qualification, is an important step in the vital work of reconciliation,” stated Minister Bennett. “Adopting and implementing the Declaration means that we will be breathing life into Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution, which provides a full box of rights for Indigenous peoples.”

This announcement confirms Canada’s commitment to a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples – a relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. According to Minister Bennett, Canada will engage with Indigenous groups on how to implement the principles of the Declaration. This engagement will include provinces and territories whose cooperation and support is essential to this work and to advancing the vital work of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde and AFN Regional Chief for Quebec-Labrador Ghislain  Picard welcomed the Government of Canada’s unqualified support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“Today, Canada is sending an important message to Indigenous peoples, to all Canadians and to the international community that Indigenous rights are human rights,” said AFN National Chief Bellegarde.  “Canada’s commitment to work with First Nations to fully adopt and implement the Declaration is a crucial step in reconciliation, rebuilding the relationship and honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.  The UN Declaration is a framework and an essential tool to guide the work of reconciliation that will move us all forward.”

The UN Declaration sets out minimum standards for ensuring Indigenous peoples enjoy fundamental human rights, including the collective right to self-determination and rights in their traditional territories.  The Government of Canada formally adopted the Declaration in 2010, but this was accompanied by statements outlining several qualifications.  Similar statements were made by Canada in 2007 at the UN General Assembly (where Canada actually voted against the Declaration) and again in 2014 when Canada issued an Explanation of Vote at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

“First Nations will continue to press at every level for the full implementation of the Declaration which is good for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians,” said AFN Regional Chief Ghislain Picard.  “The Declaration sets a strong foundation for the way in which we should work together – respectfully, nation-to-nation and in the spirit of reconciliation.”

The AFN has been pushing for full and unqualified support for the UN Declaration.  On April 15 of this year National Chief Bellegarde wrote to the Prime Minister urging him to utilize the UNPFII as an opportunity to express unqualified support for the Declaration to “…signal to the international community that Canada is a human rights leader rather than an obstacle respecting this key UN human rights instrument.”


1 Comment on "Canada Becomes a Full Supporter of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples"

  1. steven bentley | May 27, 2016 at 8:17 am | Reply

    Sadly as already expressed by lawyers with barely suppressed glee quickly point how they will mitigate and enfranchise yet again another inherent right to benefit of CANADA while using legal political and social justice inertia (blinded by education & genocide)or mishandling by the un-connected majority with respect to minority rights. There has been 400 years of wealth transfer from Turtle Island and that is expressed by the fact that originals hold less than 0.02 of one percent of the land which we used to hold and even then the Clown claims title to that but can not prove such title actually has been conveyed to them as late as 2012 by examination through the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Sadly all the energy expended by originals in CANADIAN courts is simply a `come play, er pay for your already existing rights and we will be glad to legally and financially exploit you through the process’. Everything is contained within the CANADA like a bomb disposal container while the world looks on and hears things like a legislation called the ‘Indian Advancement Act’ 1885 which sounds great but it actually reneged on Treaty Six terms stating that such terms would unfairly advantage Indians over newly arrived settlers. It also unilaterally enfranchised whole bands because they could farm and compete with whites until they were removed from treaty protection and then abandoned by industry who held that they were subsidized by the government. In short the market for such goods were denied to them still because they were still considered Indians even though such distinctions were technically removed by legislation crowd mentality effected a blockade against inclusion. I see no difference here in tactics. You will notice that they legislated that we can govern ourselves according to their legislations which calls into question the fact that in 1897 J J Curran the solicitor general of CANADA rendered a decision that the Treaties were International in nature and if so then CANADA has no legal right to legislate over us according to international law. They used a private bill called the British North America Act to legislate away indian rights unilaterally without trial by making us ‘wards’ of said government via this Act. Such a legislation private in nature which purports to legislate away inherent existing rights without consultation is by definition a Bill of Attainer and is unconstitutional. Seems to me that CANADA is very much liable as an interloper and a private business enterprise removing the natural resources and taxation via rights legal rights purchasing from the Imperial Clown through use of finance and exercise of dragoon troops now called RCMP to enforce this fraudulent Act. If the foundation is no good then the rest of the house will have to come down too and their foundation is nothing except a belief in their superiority based upon a belief system called the Doctrine of Discovery which is something that the church now has denounced after it has been used for 400 years and following a BC Supreme Court Decision whereby Indians can not have a belief system which would 1. cause someone to or 2. cause someone not to do something because of Indian belief. In fact the origin of their laws are right out the bible and the 10 commandments and subsequent decisions over millennia based upon those decisions were called English Common Law but based upon a belief system no less which belief now has been repudiated by it’s own author the Church. The English Crown would be The Supreme Governor of the Church of England is a title held by the British monarch that signifies titular leadership over the Church of England and currently is ELIZABETH II. The whole of British Law is predicated upon the Church both Catholic and Reformed which is very much a belief system. There appears to a huge flaw in their position of authority…..

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