Everyone should be calling for the implementation of UNDRIP; the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) confirms the natural right of indigenous people, and all people for that matter, to freely determine their own political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development;
And, confirms the lawful obligations of states to assist the people in realising their rights of self-determination and autonomy and self-government as well as ways and means to finance the peoples’ autonomous functions.
And, for states to provide redress and restitution of cultural, intellectual, religious and spiritual property taken without their free, prior and informed consent or in violation of their laws, traditions and customs.
And, to bring to an end all forms of discrimination and oppression;
And, to be based on principles of justice, democracy, non-discrimination, good faith and respect for human rights;
The people shall govern.
Red Power Media, April 22, 2016
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Calls for Implementation of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
OTTAWA, April 21, 2016 /CNW/ – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde commented today on the Private Member’s Bill put forward by Roméo Saganash, NDP Member of Parliament for Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou (QC), C-262 – An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
“The AFN welcomes this initiative as a means to move Canada forward in adopting and implementing the UN Declaration as an integral part of reconciliation,” said AFN National Chief Bellegarde. “The Declaration confirms the rights of Indigenous peoples as human rights. Its principles provide a framework for the implementation of Aboriginal and Treaty rights in the relationship between First Nations…
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