10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – No Reason for Canada to Celebrate

(Turtle Island/Tuesday September 12, 2017) September 13th 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of
the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), a universal legal
framework, which acknowledges the inherent collective human rights of the approximately 370
million Indigenous Peoples worldwide. Whilst a few celebrations of this anniversary are taking
place in Canada organized together with establishment organizations who do not represent the
grassroots Indigenous Peoples who are the proper title and rights holders, it is questionable, if the
country has anything to celebrate about. According to the latest periodic report of the UN
Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (UN CERD),
Indigenous Peoples in Canada are still facing systematic racial discrimination in the enjoyment
of their inherent rights.

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UN Committee Condemns Canada for Continuing to Violate Indigenous Land Rights

(August 30, 2017) On August 25, 2017, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) condemned Canada for its ongoing violation of Indigenous land rights. In a report on Canada’s periodic review, CERD echoed Indigenous Nations who made submissions to the committee on the racism and rights violations they experience as a result of more than 150 years of colonial policy and law in Canada.

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Defenders of the Land & Idle No More Condemn Government of Canada’s 10 Principles

(August 25, 2017) When the Government of Canada’s released its Principles Respecting the Government of Canada’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples last month, they said they would “form a foundation for transforming how the federal government partners with and supports Indigenous peoples and governments.” But the analysis by Indigenous representatives from Defenders of the Land and Idle No More suggest that the federal governments “10 Principles” are a continuation of settler attempts to eliminate Aboriginal Title and the pre- existing right of sovereignty and self determination; as well as, a fair and just, interpretation of historic Treaties.

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