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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