YELLOWKNIFE, June 29 /CNW/ - The following resolution was adopted by the
Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers/Association Canadienne des Avocats du
Mouvement Syndical at their annual general meeting on June 29, 2007 in
Yellowknife, in support of the First Nations National Day of Protest:
WHEREAS: First Nations poverty is a major social injustice that continues
almost unabated throughout Canada.
WHEREAS: Thousands of land claims remain unresolved and no independent
administrative tribunal dedicated to adjudicating outstanding aboriginal
land and resource issues has been established.
WHEREAS: The Assembly of First Nations ("AFN") has called for a National
Day of Action on June 29, 2007 to heighten public awareness of the
barriers First Nations face daily.
WHEREAS: AFN is calling upon Canadian citizens and organizations to stand
together with Canada's First Nations to request that the Government of
Canada take concerted action in co-operation with First Nations to
improve the socio-economic conditions facing First Nations citizens.
WHEREAS: The Government of Canada has taken steps nationally and
internationally to prioritize individual rights over the collective
rights of First Nations to lands and resources, including opposing the
passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
WHEREAS: As noted by Justice Linden in his Report on the Ipperwash
Inquiry (which was released on May 31, 2007), the fundamental commitment
of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 was that First Nations were to be
treated with honour and justice.
WHEREAS: One of the conclusions in the Ipperwash Report is that
governments and other institutions must redouble their efforts to build
successful, peaceful relations with Aboriginal peoples so that all
Canadians, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, can all live together
peacefully and productively.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers:
1. Supports the National Day of Action and peaceful actions by First
Nations and their supporters, including informational picketing to
raise public awareness about the issues facing First Nations
2. Supports positive action being taken to ensure First Nations
constitutionally guaranteed collective rights are protected and
3. Calls upon the Government of Canada to forthwith take the necessary
(a) implement the Accord reached at the First Ministers' meeting in
Kelowna to help eradicate poverty among First Nations people;
(b) establish an independent tribunal to resolve and adjudicate
outstanding First Nations land and resource issues;
(c) establish an appointment process for tribunal members in
consultation with AFN to ensure that persons appointed to the
tribunal not only have experience in resolving aboriginal land
and resource issues, but also an understanding of the
importance of collectively held rights among First Nations;
(d) support the passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples, including the collective rights of
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