TORONTO, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - The Chiefs of Ontario, and over 20
Indigenous nations and organizations, are holding Canada accountable
during the country's periodic review February 22-23, 2012, by the
United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
CERD is an independent body of experts that monitors countries party to
the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination. Countries that have ratified the Convention, including
Canada, are obligated to comply. CERD monitors the implementation of
the Convention by reviewing periodic reports submitted by countries.
Alternate, or shadow, reports by First Nations and non-governmental
organizations were welcomed to supplement the government-generated
report on the observation of human rights within the country.
An "Alternate Report" was submitted by the Chiefs of Ontario to identify
gaps, misrepresentations, and assumptions made in Canada's official
report. "We value this opportunity for Indigenous peoples to relay
their stories directly to the world on how we are treated," commented
Regional Chief Angus Toulouse. "While we understand there are no
explicit penalties for violations by the State, these reviews serve to
increase awareness at the international level and within Canada. The
observations and recommendations made within the Alternate report are
by no means new. Indigenous nations and organizations have been
raising awareness and advocating action on these priorities for years."
Recommendations were made for Canada to commit to honour the true spirit
and intent existing in the Treaties, resolve matters of jurisdiction,
realize Treaty implementation, and exercise the principles established
in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
These are the key vehicles for conducting and maintaining relationships
with Indigenous Nations and addressing socio-economic challenges.
CERD is the key UN body which protects against racism, human rights
violations, and affirms the observation of the minimum standards within
the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Canada's report for the 2012 review and alternate reports will be
analyzed by CERD to provide concluding observations and recommendations
on how to eliminate discrimination in Canada. There will be
representatives from over 15 Indigenous Nations and organizations to
lobby directly the content of their alternate reports in Geneva to CERD
The Chiefs of Ontario (COO) is a coordinating body for the 133 First
Nations located within the boundaries of the Province of Ontario.
SOURCE Chiefs of Ontario
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