AFN National Chief Atleo to Present at the United Nations Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues: Advancing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and Around the World

OTTAWA, May 17 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will be participating tomorrow at the meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) during the afternoon session focusing on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). National Chief Atleo will make recommendations to the Permanent Forum on what needs to be done to advance the Declaration in Canada as well as at the international level. The National Chief will also give his support to all other UN agencies that already use the Declaration as the tool to advance Indigenous rights and interests and, more generally, to advance Indigenous political, economic, social and cultural needs and entitlements.

"Canada just elected a new majority government.  The four year mandate creates the opportunity to work together on a clear plan that will implement the principles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples," said the National Chief. "The UN Declaration compels us to work in partnership and respect to give life to our inherent Indigenous rights and Treaties.  This will unlock the full potential of First Nations peoples and build a stronger Canada for everyone.  We fully expect the government to work with us to turn Canada's endorsement into action."

On November 12 2010, Canada reversed its opposition to the UNDRIP. First Nations seek Canada's commitment to work with First Nations on a plan to implement the standards set out in the Declaration, which speak to reconciliation as the imperative for Indigenous and State relations.

This is the tenth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, a forum established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council in July 2000. The Forum provides expert advice and recommendations on Indigenous issues to the UN system through the Council; raises awareness and promotes the integration and coordination of relevant activities within the UN system; and disseminates information on Indigenous issues. This year's Forum will focus on the implementation of Forum recommendations on economic and social development, the environment and free, prior and informed consent.

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN and National Chief Atleo on Twitter @AFN_Updates, @AFN_Comms and @NCAtleo.

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For further information:

Jenna Young, AFN Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 401 or jyoung@afn.ca
Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer (613) 241-6789, ext 382 or agaron@afn.ca

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